Life With Alex

2012 • 55 Minutes

‘Life with Alex’ is a fascinating documentary about the groundbreaking work of Dr. Irene Pepperberg and her African Grey parrot, Alex, who is the first animal in the world to be taught meaningful English speech. Considered an ambassador from the animal kingdom, Alex has been featured in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and on news and science programs all across the world. Alex’s feats are astounding – he asks for food when he’s hungry, asks to ‘go back’ to his perch when he’s tired, and a ‘showa’–spray bottle–when he wants to wash. In his training sessions, he can distinguish an object’s color, material, and shape, and he can understand letters and numbers. Beyond Alex’s jaw-dropping performances lies the deeply emotional impression that Alex made on his fans around the world. To those who worked closest to him, his unexpected and untimely death marked the end of a unique and magical world that Alex created. A documentary that touches both mind and heart, ‘Life with Alex’ shares the incredible life story of a bird who made a fantasy into reality.

PINEWOOD FILMS and PETER ROWE PRODUCTIONS present the documentary "VOLCANIC PLANET" directed, photographed and edited by PETER ROWE