Opening this weekend is the new documentary The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. It tells the story of a homeless, failed musician in San Francisco, and how his life changes when he begins feeding a non-native flock of wild parrots. With its breathtaking meditations on the fragility and persistence of life in a corrupted environment, the film has clear links to the West Coast hippie literature of Gary Snyder, Edward Abbey and Farley Mowatt. This beautiful and heart-wrenching movie is rated G, but parents should be prepared for discussions about death afterward. Gorgeously shot in 16mm by veteran nature photographer Judy Irving, Wild Parrots is an instant classic.