Despite being an anthropocentric symbol of bad omen, crows are clever about their collective survival. They form complex social structures, which speak to the density and diversity of their communal bonds. Given that sociality is so deeply woven into the fabric of their lives, ostracization quickly leads to death. In fact, isolation could induce fatal illness, and vice versa. 

This short documentary contrasts the behaviors of individuals belonging to this bird species to highlight their interpersonal and group dynamics. Rather than drawing parallels between the relationship of the collective and the individual, and that of life and death, this video identifies similarity in how each element in each relationship relies on the other as a prerequisite to function. That is, the individual may seek independence from the collective, but survives through a resilient interdependence—while death is not a denied invitation, but a diligent incorporation into life.

© 2020 by KAHN J. RYU