The St. John Film Society will screen a documentary film, “The Islands and the Whales,” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay. There is a $5 suggested donation.
“Beautifully photographed and perfectly edited, “The Islands and the Whales” is a powerful, if challenging, documentary that needs to be seen.”
Synopsis: 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 the 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 effects of 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.
“The Islands and the Whales,” is the winner of a DOC NYC Grand Jury Prize and the Hot Docs Emerging International Filmmaker Award in 2016.
St. John Film Society (SJFS) is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Virgin Island Council on the Arts and the St. John Community Foundation.