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Island and the Whales Free Showing and Q & A with Director

Grassmarket Community Project
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THIS IS A FREE SCREENING of critically acclaimed documentary The Island and the Whales. There will also be a Q & A with the director himself, Mike Day.
It’s a stunning yet controversial yet beautiful film from all angles – a BAFTA nominee and brand new (not obtainable anywhere else).

In their remote home in the North Atlantic the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide, proud to put local food on the table. The land yields little, so they have always relied on harvesting their seas.

Hunting whales and seabirds kept them alive for generations, and gave them the way of life they love; a life they would pass on to their children. But today they face a grave threat to this tradition.

It is not the controversy surrounding whaling that threatens the Faroese way of life; the danger is coming from the whales themselves.

The Faroese are among the first to feel the affects of our ever more polluted oceans. They have discovered that their beloved whales are toxic, contaminated by the outside world. What once secured their survival now endangers their children and the Faroe Islanders must make a choice between health and tradition.

The Islands and the Whales trailer https://vimeo.com/intrepidcinema/theislandandthewhalestrailer

Follow the film… facebook.com/theislandsandthewhales

“While The Islands and The Whales may be a visually stunning, aurally impressive technical marvel, it is Day’s sensitivity to his amenable subjects and balanced approach that make the film a commendable success. It’s not without reason that the Day took home the Emerging International Filmmaker Award following its World Premiere at Hot Docs. He’s one to watch.”
– Ion Cinema

“Day captures the awesome visual power of the land as sweeping cinematography shows the Faroe Islands shrouded in mist and suspended in time. The film gains impressive access to the community, which proves particularly advantageous for obtaining footage of the whale hunt. The immersive aural tracks let the wind blow and the birds squawk as the film depicts a land worth preserving. The soundtrack affords a sense of being present on the Faroe Islands and right in the thick of the fight.”
– POV Magazine