The Islands and the Whales

40th IWFF


Film Info
Series:40th International Wildlife Film Festival
Rating:This film may contain scenes not suitable for young audiences. Parental discretion advised.
Run Time:81min
Release Year:2017
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Keti Papadema


The Islands and the Whales
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.