Dir. Mike Day | UK/Denmark | 2016 | 84 mins | Australian Premiere
WARNING: Contains scenes the may offend some viewers.
An at once majestic and absorbing, The Island and the Whales was filmed over the course of four years in the isolated, Nordic archipelago of the Faroe Islands. When a local toxicologist discovers that pollution from the outside world is poisoning the island’s wildlife, the community is put at risk and must grapple with a choice between protecting their health and preserving ancient belief-systems.
Compounding this, an unexpected visit from celebrity animal rights activist Pamela Anderson and Sea Shepherd stokes the fires of an already complex debate around cultural imperialism, health, the sustainability of food transport and animal welfare issues. A film of monumental beauty, The Island and the Whales is an absorbing documentary that tracks a period of uneasy transition in Faroese culture.
Winner: Emerging International Filmmaker Award – Hot Docs 2016