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The Silent Alps - a Kea Documentary

Ryan Stafford

"The Silent Alps" explores the history of Kea Culling in New Zealand; a historical massacre that is widely unknown to the population

For the most part of the 20th Century, the New Zealand Government funded the killing of Kea, the only alpine parrot in the world. As a result, the bird is now close to extinction. This documentary explores the opposing viewpoints on the topic, hearing opinions from a chairperson from the Arthur's Pass Wildlife Trust and from archival tapes of a Bounty Hunter.

I had the pleasure of producing, filming, editing, and directing this film with my friend Josh Robertson. We both shared the workload equally and created a documentary we're both incredibly proud of.