A Conscious Summons
May 30, 2014
Birds have never been a real fascination for me. Suffice it to say, I’ve never really cared much about birds. Not intentionally, but in an oblivious, they-wake-me-up-in-the-morning, kind of way. I’ll admit to jumping on the owl bandwagon that erupted a few years ago. I still have the cute leather purse my daughter got me in the shape of an owl a few years back. I guess I just never took the time to appreciate the intense and enormous human connection that birds can inspire.
The movie Healing, inspired this in me for the first time.
Australian film is on fire this year. Hugo Weaving, who we LOR nerds recognize as Elrond, was fantastic, and flawlessly convinced me of his character. In this film, he played a warden at a low security camp for prisoners released on good behavior in order to rehabilitate themselves.
Alongside Weaving was Don Hany, an Australian actor who played Viktor, coming off of a 16-year prison sentence. He was charged with building and running a bird rehabilitation program and gets paired with an injured raptor who he named Jasmine. I was taken with Hany’s performance of vulnerability. All too often in film, true vulnerability in males is a rarity. This was genuine and I respected it.
Through the rehabilitation of this raptor, Viktor begins to heal from past wrongs. I found myself tearing up throughout the film because the human condition is so fragile. The vulnerability of human error and forgiveness really hit home for me.
The cinematography of the Australian backdrop and close ups of raptors and owls was stunning. It was like seeing birds for the first time. The delicacy of their feathers, yet the incredible strength that lies in their talons, beaks an wingspan. The brutality of the execution of their prey to their trust in their caretakers, endeared to them.
At one point, Viktor said to the bird, “All you are seeking, is seeking you.”
It never ceases to amaze me how film changes my life. Of course, I allow it to, but I’m alsoopen to it. I seek it out. I appreciate it as an art form, and attend for the very goal of being changed.
It was a light-bulb moment for me. Yes, all I am seeking, is seeking me. It’s just a matter of time.