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Kes / The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

A boy in a field holding a bird in his hand.
March 3, 2024 - 7:00 pm

Admission is free. No advance reservations. Your seat will be assigned to you when you pick up your ticket at the box office. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The box office opens one hour before the event.

Testudo Hermanni

U.S./Austria, 2023

A filmmaker, his mother and his tortoise. When temperatures are unpredictable in Austria for this non-native species, a mother finds a more consistent solution to care for her son’s pet. 

DCP, color, 7 min. Director: G. Anthony Svatek.


U.K., 1969

15-year-old Billy Casper cannot seem to fit in or connect with much in his hometown in Northern England. That is until he forms a bond with a wild kestrel, providing him with an escape from the malaise of his daily life. In this second feature film by Ken Loach, the portrait of working-class life is unglamorous, stark and feels lived-in, given the use of nonprofessional actors and real locations. Themes often explored in Loach’s work are throughout this coming-of-age film, where optimism is tenuous and the connection between a boy and his bird are a testament to seeking something greater, to feeling connected as a necessary part of the human experience. 

35mm, color, 111 min. Director: Ken Loach. Writer: Ken Loach, Tony Garnett. With: David Bradley, Colin Welland, Freddie Fletcher. 

Please note: this film depicts animal death.

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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

U.S. 2003

Parrots are not native to San Francisco but if you listen close enough and know where to look, you will certainly see a flock above you. Following the relationship between Mark Bittner and a flock of parrots in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood, this endearing documentary explores the relationship between an ordinary man and the birds. Less a documentary about hows and whys of the parrots and more about the symbiotic relationship they share with the man that feeds them, Parrots is a story about survival and the intimate bonds that form between animals and humans. 

DCP, color, 83 min. Director: Judy Irving.

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