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Last Giants, The - Oceans in Danger
Scene from "The Last Giants - Oceans in Danger" (photo © Progress Film-Verleih/Herwarth Voigtmann)

Until a few years ago, neither scientists nor the public were aware that the Strait of Gibraltar was such a unique natural paradise: in no other place on earth you can find as many whale species living in such a confined area. But the strait is also one of the choke-points of global trade with a volume of shipping traffic unparalleled in the world. Where modern routes of transport and ancient migration routes meet, we witness a showdown of the ocean giants. Again and again, whales are run over, get caught in ships' propellers, are poisoned by waste water or strand disoriented by the underwater noise pollution.

Ten years ago, Swiss-born Katharina Heyer discovered that there are whales in this junction between Europe and Africa – and that these whales show unique behaviors due to their close coexistence. In order to protect their habitat, the former fashion designer changed her life and moved into the region. The Last Giants – Oceans in Danger documents her fight for a hospital – a hospital for whales.
Genre Environment/Ecology, Nature
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Director Daniele Grieco
Screenplay Daniele Grieco
Cinematography Gerd Haegele, Kathleen Herbst, Francisco Gil Vera, Herwarth Voigtmann, Michael Weyhers
Achim Schunck
Stefan Mohr
Producer Daniele Grieco
Production Company Stella Maris Film Produktion/Cologne
Length 90 min
Format color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
With backing from German Federal Film Board
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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