Feathered Cocaine at Scandinavia House

Wednesdays, April 27 @ 6pm & Fridays, April 29 @ 6:30 pm

Individual Tickets: $10 ($7 ASF Members)

*Director Þorkell Harðarson will be present at both screenings

Directed by Þorkell Harðarson and Örn Marino Arnarson (2010). Alan Howell Parrot is one of the world’s leading falcon trainers with powerful connections in the Middle East, where he trained hunting falcons for the Persian Gulf power elite, including the King of Saudi Arabia, the President of the United Arab Emirates, and the Shah of Iran. After witnessing relentless falcon smuggling in the wake of the USSR’s collapse, he left the Middle East and formed a global nature conservation group with like-minded people to protect the falcons.

Through his connections, Mr. Parrot learned of the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, who is an obsessed falconer. He relayed this information to various agencies within the Bush administration from 2005-2008 (the FBI, CIA, NSA, and NCS) but only met silence or obstruction. None tried to speak to the one man that says he has gone falconry hunting with Osama Bin Laden six times since 2004. In 2009, Parrot submitted his findings to the Rewards for Justice Program and to date has not heard back.

Feathered Cocaine reveals geopolitics, terrorism, petrodollars, and nature conservation in an intriguing and unlikely cocktail that sheds light on how business is conducted in the global merry-go round of money and politics. 80 min.

About the directors:

Þorkell Harðarson (b. 1969, Reykjavík, Iceland) and Örn Marino Arnarson (b. 1967, Reykjavík, Iceland) both attended European film schools and have been working in the film industry for more than two decades. Arnarson and Harðarson have produced and directed together as a tandem for nine years since they established their production company, Markell Productions, in 2001. Feathered Cocaine is the directors’ third feature length documentary and their first English language film.

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