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.

Read an interview with the director Mike Day here:
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/mar/29/faroes-whale-hunts-the-islands-and-the-whales-mike-day


The Islands and the Whales UK cinema trailer from Intrepid Cinema on Vimeo.



Title
The Islands and the Whales

Genre
Feature Documentary

Production
2016

Duration
81 minutes

Director
Mike Day

Production Company
Intrepid Cinema

Producer
Mike Day

Co-producer
Henrik Underbjerg & Stefan Frost

Executive Producers
Minette Nelson
David Eckles
George Day
Karen Day
John Atkinson
Phil Noran
Matt Day
Niall Christie
Rachel Wexler
Jez Lewis

Cinematographer
Mike Day

Editors
Mary Lampson
Nicole Hálová
Mike Day
Claire Ferguson
David Charap

Sound Designer
Chris Barnett

Composer
Antony Partos
Mike Sheridan

Partners and funders
Sundance Documentary Institute
San Fransisco Film Society
The Filmmaker Fund
Wellcome Trust
Creative Scotland
The Scottish Documentary Institute
The Danish Documentary Institute
Influence Film Foundation
Creative EuropeGoodPitch
Factum Arte
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