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The Whale and the Raven

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Journeying into BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, German documentarian and cultural anthropologist Mirjam Leuze investigates the potential impact of a liquefied natural gas exporting plant and increased tanker traffic on this stunning ecosystem. Not only are we introduced to the remarkable people who call this place home and oppose the plant’s construction, including whale researchers Hermann Meuter and Janie Wray and elders of the Gitga’at First Nation, but also the humpbacks, orcas, and porpoises who use the Kitimat fjord system as a feeding- and playground.

In recalling her initial 2002 encounter with a whale, Leuze suggests that it sparked "a deep sense of wonder and humility in the face of an unimaginably large being…" Through sublime cinematography that revels in the almost mythical beauty of these creatures (the big screen can barely contain them) and rich sound design that underscores nature’s symphonic qualities, Leuze and her team not only recreate the awe of that epiphanic moment but also immerse us in a truly majestic world and craft an emphatic argument for its preservation.


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North American premiere
Director Mirjam Leuze
Country of Origin: Germany/Canada
Year: 2019
Running Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In English
Related Links: Website | Trailer
Executive Producer: Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, Shirley Vercruysse
Producer: Marcelo Busse, Henrik Meyer, Andrew Williamson, Shirley Vercruysse
Screenwriter: Mirjam Leuze
Cinematographer: Athan Merrick, Tavish Campbell, Mike Dinsmore
Editor: Sandra Brandl
Music: Jesse Zubot
Production Company: busse & halberschmidt, Cedar Island Films, National Film Board of Canada, ZDF
Distributor: National Film Board of Canada

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