Photo: Painting Argentina's Endangered Hooded Grebe
Argentine actor Ricardo Darin and musician-composer Gustavo Santaolalla have collaborated on a documentary aimed at saving from extinction an endangered bird species endemic to Argentina.
“El Ocaso del Maca Tobiano” (Twilight of the Hooded Grebe) is the title of the documentary narrated by Darin - who had a starring role in “Son of the Bride” - with music by Santaolalla, who won back-to-back Oscars for the soundtracks of “Babel” and “Brokeback Mountain,” and who has joined the conservation campaign launched by the ecological organization Aves Argentinas (Argentine Birds).
The documentary is directed by the naturalists and documentary filmmakers Marcelo Viñas and Juan Maria Raggio and, according to the Argentine portal Infobae, will premiere Oct. 9 in Buenos Aires movie theaters and can later be seen on the Internet by registering with the Web site set up by the campaign.
The hooded grebe is a bird found in lakes and lagoons of Patagonia between November and March, and which migrates to the Atlantic coast for the Southern Hemisphere winter.
According to Aves Argentinas, the species is in “critical danger” and might well become extinct in the next decade.
“Following its discovery in 1974, its population was estimated at some 3,000 to 5,000 specimens. Preliminary studies now indicate that no more than 300-400 breeding pairs still exist,” the organization said on its Web site.