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The Islands and the Whales Rated 12A

The Islands and the Whales

Dir. Mike Day. Denmark, 2016. 1h 21m. Faroese/Danish/subs.

Animal rights activists and plummeting wildlife populations threaten the longheld fishing practices of inhabitants on the Danish Faroe Islands. However, the discovery of high levels of mercury in whale meat forces this isolated community to face the dangers their controversial tradition.

An expert talk by Dr Tom Thornton, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, and chaired by Science Oxford, follows the screening of this compelling and challenging documentary.

'A film that paints an uncompromisingly complex, contradictory picture of ancient traditions struggling for survival amid the dangers of the modern world, without ever jumping to hasty judgement.' ★★★★★ David Kettle, The Arts Desk

'The film has an elegiac feel. It is about a way of life that is surely ending. For some, the end can’t come quickly enough.' ★★★★ Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent