Vernon Film Society

The Whale And The Raven

Wednesday, March 4, 7:45pm

Director: Mirjam Leuze
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Year: 2019
Runtime: 101 minutes
Country: Canada
Language: English
Rating: G

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.

“Both intimate and expansive, Free Solo is a documentary beautifully calculated to literally take your breath away. And it does.” - Los Angeles Times

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