World Village Festival: The Islands and the Whales (2016)
World Village Festival, Village Cinema (On the Rocks), Mikonkatu 15, Helsinki, Finland
Languages: Danish, English, Faroese
Hunting pilot whales and sea birds has been an important livelihood for Faroese people for years. When a researcher finds out that environmental pollutants have contaminated sea water and thus whales that are used as food, both the health of the community and their way of life are threatened. As what once secured their survival now endangers the health of their children, the Faroe Islanders must make a choice between their wellbeing and tradition.
The Islands and the Whales (2016) is a documentary film directed and produced by Scottish director and cinematographer Mike Day (Aleppo’s Fall, The Guga Hunters of Ness) and co-produced by Henrik Underbjerg and Stefan Frost. The film has won numerous awards, including the Hotdocs Emerging International Filmmaker Award, the Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC and Best Documentary at Phoenix International Film Festival.
After the documentary, there will be panel discussion about how global phenomena and climate change affect local communities.
2016 Denmark, England
Director: Mike Day
Languages: Faroese, English and Danish. Subtitles in English.
Age reccomendation: 12 years
Duration: 81 min