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Le peuple migrateur
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Winged Migration -- A critically acclaimed and award-winning unique, exquisitely beautiful and jaw-dropping documentaryabout birds in flight in their natural world.
Winged Migration -- US Home Video Trailer from Sony Pictures Classics
Winged Migration -- Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.


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29 August 2003 (USA) See more »
Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Philippe Labro ... Narrator (English version)

Jacques Perrin ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Jacques Perrin 
Jacques Cluzaud (co-director)
Michel Debats (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean Dorst 
Stéphane Durand 
Guy Jarry 
Valentine Marvel  idea (as Valentine Perrin)
Jacques Perrin 
Francis Roux 

Produced by
Christophe Barratier .... producer
Reinhard Brundig .... associate producer
Jean de Trégomain .... executive producer
Danièle Delorme .... associate producer
Jean-Marc Henchoz .... associate producer
Jean Labadie .... associate producer
José María Morales .... associate producer
Andrea Occhipinti .... associate producer
Jacques Perrin .... producer
Yves Robert .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
Cinematography by
Olli Barbé 
Michel Benjamin 
Sylvie Carcedo 
Laurent Charbonnier 
Luc Drion 
Laurent Fleutot 
Philippe Garguil 
Dominique Gentil 
Bernard Lutic 
Thierry Machado 
Stéphane Martin 
Fabrice Moindrot 
Ernst Sasse 
Michel Terrasse 
Thierry Thomas 
Film Editing by
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
Production Design by
Régis Nicolino 
Production Management
Jean-Philippe Avenel .... assistant unit manager
Philippe Baisadouli .... production manager
Olli Barbé .... production manager
Brian Black .... unit manager
Claude Canaple .... production manager
Jean-Michel Deroche .... production manager
Claire Dornoy .... assistant production manager
Philippe Gautier .... production manager
Nicolas Mauvernay .... assistant production manager
Boucif Mohammedi .... assistant unit manager
Johann Mousseau .... unit production manager
Thomas Pflimlin .... unit manager
Vincent Steiger .... production manager
Charles Stenhouse .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jérémie Apperry .... assistant director
Elodie Baticle .... assistant director
Emmanuelle Debats .... assistant director
Marie Miquel .... assistant director
Ursula Sigon .... assistant director
Hadrien Soulez Larivière .... assistant director
Frédéric Vignal .... assistant director
Sound Department
Philippe Barbeau .... sound
Michel Crivellaro .... sound editor
Denis Guilhem .... sound
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
Armelle Mahé .... assistant sound mixer
Gina Pignier .... sound editor
Laurent Quaglio .... supervising sound editor
Michel Trouillard .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Nicolas David .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Manfred Büttner .... visual effects producer
Erich Eder .... digital compositor
Hubert Fourneaux .... visual effects coordinator
Fabien Girodot .... visual effects supervisor
Robert Pinnow .... visual effects coordinator
Dina Saleem .... visual effects
Caterina Schiffers .... digital compositor: postproduction, TVT
Florian Schuck .... retouching
Benjamin Seide .... digital compositor
Max Stummer .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Paul Agostini .... first assistant camera
David Aïm .... first assistant camera
Sylvain Bardoux .... key grip
Pierre Bec .... camera operator
Pierre Berthier .... camera operator
Vincent Blasco .... key grip
Guillaume Brault .... second assistant camera
Catherine Briault .... first assistant camera
Maurice Bricler .... grip
Richard Brodet .... gaffer
Alexander Bugel .... key grip (as Alexandre Bügel)
Claire Caroff .... assistant camera
Eric Catelan .... steadicam operator
Tony Chapuis .... second assistant camera
Pierre Chevrin .... assistant camera
Nicolas Deblonde .... second assistant camera
Dominique Delguste .... first assistant camera
Jean-Marie Delorme .... assistant camera
Alain Ducousset .... camera operator
Pascale Ferradini .... first assistant camera
Jean-Yves Freess .... key grip
Colin Houben .... first assistant camera
Maxime Héraud .... camera operator
Hervé Kern .... assistant camera
Cyril Lebre .... assistant camera
Sophie Leonetti .... assistant camera
Sergeï Lourié .... grip
Sylvain Maillard .... assistant camera
Benoît Nicoulin .... camera operator
Lee Parker .... camera operator
Christophe Perotin .... assistant camera
François Perrault-Alix .... key grip
Philippe Porte .... gaffer
Christophe Pottier .... camera operator
François Quillard .... first assistant camera
Edgar Raclot .... grip
Mathieu Simonet .... still photographer
Piotr Stadnicki .... first assistant camera (as Pierre Stadnicki)
Thierry Tronchet .... first assistant camera
Anna-Katia Vincent .... second assistant camera
Patrick Vobecourt .... gaffer
Yuan Zhang .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Colette Beltran .... assistant editor
Pauline Casalis .... assistant editor
Bruno Patin .... color timer
Location Management
Isabelle Kostic Crosley .... location manager
Music Department
Françoise Gnéri .... alto
Paul Lavergne .... executive music producer
Transportation Department
Philippe Lebreton .... driver: camera car
Other crew
Valentine Marvel .... idea (as Valentine Perrin)
Mathilde Renwick .... production staff
Sally Steele .... publicist
Jean Dorst .... dedicatee
Bernard Lutic .... dedicatee

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le peuple migrateur" - France (original title)
"The Travelling Birds" - International (English title)
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98 min | Canada:81 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:89 min | Argentina:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Filmmakers exposed the eggs of some of the birds to the sounds of people and film cameras so that the birds would not be afraid of them later.See more »
[first lines]
Narrator:The story of bird migration is the story of promise - a promise to return.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in "Les ailes de la nature" (2002)See more »
To Be By Your SideSee more »


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36 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Domestic Birds, 31 March 2004
Author: ucbengel from Berkeley, CA

I was quite pleased with this movie until I watched the "behind the scenes" featurette on the DVD. It turns out that most of the extraordinary close-ups of winged flight that make the movie memorable are NOT of wild migrating birds. Rather, the filmakers raised and domesticated all sorts of birds through a process known as "imprinting" so they would be comfortable flying next to the noisy photography planes. Then they took their birds all over the world to dramatic backdrops like the Sahara and Monument Vally. They also used these domesticated birds for the dramatic set pieces revolving around birds trapped in sludge, stuck in a blizzard, escaping cages, or wandering the desert. Not only are these set pieces heavy-handed and overly dramatic, but the fact that the birds are not even wild and were placed in these situations really undermines the credibility of the film.

7 out of 10 (minus 1 point for the use of domesticated birds and minus 2 for putting ridiculously staged drama scenes in an otherwise beautiful nature film)

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