Our Kanopy pick for June, Emptying the Skies, profiles the black market for migratory songbirds in Europe and some of the activists that risk their safety to protect these tiny creatures from poachers. Based on a 2010 New Yorker essay by novelist Jonathan Franzen, this outstanding (and often upsetting) documentary won the “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” award at the 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival. Run time: 78 minutes.
Each month TFN profiles a nature-oriented film that you can watch for free via Kanopy. Your Toronto Public Library card gives you free access to the Kanopy service, providing a wealth of amazing nature documentaries that you can check out without ever leaving your home!