Zong Man is considered the best fisherman on the Lijiang River. He has twelve cormorants that obey his voice and gestures. His birds dive to great depths to bring him several pounds of fish everyday. Zong Man has trained them for that. Each year, he raises a young cormorant and he wants this new candidate to be better than the last. To do it, he needs an egg. But not just any egg! So he has to go looking for a spouse for his best bird…Here begins Zong Man’s surprising story: a marriage, an egg and a birth. We discover the secrets that have been passed down his family for generations.
This is part of the “Lords of the Animals” series, which presents amazing stories of human and animal coexistence from around the world. Discover the warm and trusting relationships and the ancient traditions, passed down through generations, that have permanently linked humans to animals of nearly every description.
Written and Directed by: Frédéric Fougea
Produced by: Frédéric Fougea
A Boréales Production • Release Year: 1993
26 minutes • Color