Every spring, 80% of the world’s Sandhill cranes stop in central Nebraska USA as they migrate north to their summer home. This tradition has taken place for millions of years. The Platte River is perfect for this majestic bird to rest, strengthen, and energize before they continue their journey.
The cranes arrive as early as Valentines Day and remain for five to six weeks. Cranes stay together for life.
Up river, a dam holds back the majority of the natural flow. Water which is released – gets diverted for irrigation and hydropower and cities and towns along the river use it – including as a resource to drink.
At the end of this line for water are the cranes.
If strains on the river continue each year, steadily depleting the flow – the risk of loosing an entire species increases…
Fauna’s Thread asks questions: Who has custody of the natural resource? Who has the right to distribute it?
It is about the custody of us.
Five hundred thousand cranes, their beauty and enchantment, a traditional timepiece, the braided Platte River, sunrises and sunsets over the endless sky of Nebraska, and ordinary people in an extraordinary place.
This is the perfect cinematic canvas for a story of rediscovering appreciation.