Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, The

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +3

Content: +4

In this entertaining documentary about a hippies 15-year search for the meaning of life, Mark Bittners dreams of becoming a rock star have left him sleeping on the roof of a hotel alongside other musician wannabes in San Francisco. Mark discovers a flock of wild parrots living in a heavily wooded area on San Franciscos famous Telegraph Hill. He begins to feed them, wins their trust and names each one. After tourists and locals hear about this man and his parrots, a couple allows Mark to live in an empty, rustic cottage nearby. The documentary, narrated by Mark, introduces us to many of the birds and their personality quirks. Connor, the blue-headed parrot, is like a grouchy old man with a soft heart, having lost his mate several years ago. Hes a loner that protects the weaker parrots. Mingus must have been someones pet because she hates to go outside. When she misbehaves, thats where Mark puts her as punishment. Picasso and Sophie, a couple, cuddle and pick each others pin feathers.

We see a gentle soul not an angry environmentalist with a political agenda taking care of Gods creation. Marks protection of his children includes making sure that the parrots will not become dependent on him for survival. He only allows them inside if they are sick or injured, with the exception of Mingus. He keeps secret any nesting locations so that baby parrots will not be taken from their nests. Mark gets no financial support for his efforts, but City Hall respects his knowledge and seeks his advice for their continued protection. While The Wild Parrots has no negative elements, there is some sadness when Mark has to say his goodbyes. Even though the film ends on an uplifting note, children who have lost a pet may feel his sorrow. Also, he refers briefly to Buddhist philosophy and reincarnation, suggesting that he is a follower of Buddhism. Whatever his religion, Mark Bittner can be respected for his unselfish efforts on behalf of the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Shadow Productions

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Few times mild (hawk captures parrot)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Theme that we dont always know our true self-worth until we experience failure; genuine concern for others, whether its people or animals, reaps rewards greater than gold

Running Time: 83 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 7 and older

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