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THE WHALE

(2010)
85 mins | Aboriginal/Indigenous Themes | Documentary | Environmental | ESL | Politics | Social Justice |
Provincial Ratings
NewfoundlandG
Nova ScotiaG
P.E.I.G
New BrunswickG
QuebecG
OntarioPG
ManitobaG
SaskatchewanG
AlbertaNR
British ColumbiaG
Northwest TerritoriesNR
NunavutNR
YukonG

Director: Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit

Writer(s): n/a

Star(s): Ryan Reynolds

Synopsis:

This touching documentary tells the story of a young killer whale, Luna, who gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. As rambunctious and surprising as a visitor from another planet, Luna endears himself to the community with his determination to make contact, leading to many unexpected consequences.

The Whale charts the community’s struggle to deal with Luna, since whales who are separated from their pods rarely survive in the wild.

“The issues surrounding the emotional lives of animals — and the often presumptuous assumption of humans that they comprehend them — are explored in The Whale with a quiet dignity and gorgeous images.”
— Andy Webster, New York Times

  • ESL

About the Director

Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit

Chisholm and Parfit co-founded the BC-based Mountainside Films, which Realscreen once named among the world’s 100 most influential production companies. Their work has aired on CBC, CNN, PBS, BBC and National Geographic. Their latest film is Call of the Baby Beluga.

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Lesson Plans Available for this title:
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  • Media - 9, 10, 11, 12

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