A Paradise Lost

Laurie Sumiye – Worm Media

An animated documentary about the incredible true story of a small bird that sued to save its kind in the Extinction Capital of the World. A stuffed Palila bird tells its own story of survival on a volcanic Hawaiian island; escaping near extinction by bird collectors, disease, predators, fire, climate change, goats and sheep devouring its forest home, and finally angry hunters pissed off by a federal court order to eradicate game animals. He weaves a tale of how an army of humans - lawyers, scientists, conservationists and activists - took up the mantle to protect Palila in "Palila v. Hawaii." A Paradise Lost is a fable about an animal's impending extinction, as well as humanity's part in causing and reversing it.


In production