The Dawn Chorus

A cinematic meditation of the dawn of May 3, 2020 as observed from around the world during the Covid-19 lockdown

The Dawn Chorus is a global environmental film project consisting of cinematic and meditative scenes of dawn captured on May 3, 2020 – International Dawn Chorus Day – from all over the globe weaved together into a lyrical meditation on the first light and sounds of the day. All scenes were captured safely by professional and amateur filmmakers and sound recordists from their unique vantage point while on lockdown. The film pieces together footage of the dawn of May 3, 2020 as a singular experience as a metaphor for hope and a celebration of the natural rhythms and quieter modes of being which many are experiencing during these uncertain times.

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.

Henry David Thoreau

During these unprecedented times as nearly half of the global population is on lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, people around the world are returning to basic rhythms. Rhythms dictated not by the accelerated human-made pace of industry and commerce, but by those dictated by the moon and stars. As more people find themselves working from home and home-schooling their children, families have begun to discover new ways of being with one another and new ways of navigating their days and nights returning to what some may consider to be closer to our natural state.

While some may be connecting deeply with this quieter mode of being, others are truly suffering from this crisis. As of April 13, 2020, Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 114,312 people and a record 16.8 million in the U.S. alone have filed for unemployment benefits since the Covid-19 outbreak. Among the global population, there is a palpable fear of what damage a prolonged lockdown will do to our lives, our economy, our livelihoods, and our way of life. But as history shows, our darkest hour is just before the dawn.