Iceland, 2010, 80 Minute Running Time
Topics: Documentary, Middle East, Sports
Program: True Stories
We first meet Alan Howell Parrot (aka Hari Har Singh Khalsa), the fascinating character at the center of Feathered Cocaine, standing in a field with a majestic falcon soaring above his head. Parrot describes events that unspool like something out of a spy thriller. Upon graduating from high school, Parrot took off surreptitiously on a one-way ticket to Iran to learn everything he could about falconry. Eventually, he ended up raising and training falcons for the Shah, the King of Saudi Arabia, and the President of the United Arab Emirates.
When the Soviet Union collapsed, black market prices for the most coveted birds exploded--reportedly up to one million dollars for a single bird–-and led to the decimation of native falcon populations. Parrot formed a conservation group dedicated to putting a stop to the illegal trade. Startlingly, he claims to have discovered a link between falcon-loving terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, and annual falconry retreats in Iran. Parrot’s repeated attempts to contact the U.S. government have met with silence. Filmmakers Hardarson and Arnarson have done much to fill the void of that silence and spark what is certain to be a lively discussion among audiences.
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DIRECTOR: Örn Marino Arnarson, Thorkell Hardarson
Producer: Thorkell Hardarson, Örn Marino Arnarson
Editor: Thorkell Hardarson, Örn Marino Arnarson, Jeremy Stulberg
Cinematographer: Halldor Gunnarsson
Music: Steingrimur Eyfjord Gudmundsson
Filmography: For Both: Punk in Iceland (2004), HAM-living dead (2001)
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