Director Statement

"Animals don't do crap to each other, like people do."

— Kathy Murphy

When I started making this film, I was fascinated by the complex relationship that humans have with animals. The documentaries I was seeing on the topic had a tendency to over-simplify the problem: they vilified animal abusers, glorifying animal rescuers - and left little room to understand the grey areas of animal mistreatment. But I wanted to make a film that took a new approach to the subject, to try to understand the psychology behind why we treat animals the way we do.

As I filmed this story unraveling over the following four years, I knew that this wasn't just a story about animals. There is an inextricable link between Kathy's relationship to her birds and her relationship to her husband Gary. Kathy's adamant denial of the suffering around her is perhaps her greatest flaw, but the bubble of happiness she creates in the process is what makes her resilient and strong. I know the feeling of falling in love, the feeling of everything being beautiful, reciprocal, even when it isn't. This duality in Kathy, between love and blindness, good intentions and bad behavior, is also present in Gary and the animal advocates who try to rescue the birds. Making this film, I’ve explored human behavior and relationships and confronted my own personal biases and beliefs. I am constantly challenging myself to find meaning in chaos, familiarity in strangeness. My goal is to intertwine the paths of these characters to create a film that will show us something about what it means to love.

– Richard Miron, Director