In 1977, world-renowned cinematographer Neil Rettig captured the first filmed images of the Philippine Eagle in the wild, transforming the bird into a national symbol. Found only in the Philippines, the Philippine Eagle is the world’s largest and rarest eagle. Fewer than 700 remain today, and the future of these iconic birds is tied to the fate of the Philippine’s last fragments of old-growth forest. With a rapidly expanding population facing serious political, economic, and environmental battles, the eagle’s plight has fallen out of public consciousness. Neil returns
to the Philippines to embark on a grueling expedition alongside the next generation of Filipinos determined to save the eagle. The team follows a family of nesting eagles from hatch to fledge in hopes of re-establishing the species not as a vanishing relic, but as a living symbol of the Philippines’ future.
2017 / Philippines
Director: Eric Liner
Producer: Eric Liner, John Bowman
Editor: Tom Swartwout
Cinematographer/s: Eric Liner, Neil Rettig, Skip Hobbie