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A remote island in the Pacific, populated by ravens and two whale researchers. A small town with the promise of a second industrial boom. And a First Nation village, torn between the wish to protect its territory and the pressure to cope with big investors.

How are the people in the Canadian Great Bear Rainforest handling the arrival of the oil and gas industry? And what voice do whales have in the debate when the sound of tanker engines might drive them away?

Filled with stunning footage, a soundscape composed of recordings of the natural world and animated storytelling, THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN is a portrait of a remarkable marine ecosystem. Beneath this wealth of beauty lies something even deeper: a reminder that our shared world requires care, vigilance, and fierce compassion if it is to continue to exist.
Genre Environment/Ecology
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2019
Director Mirjam Leuze
Cinematography Athan Merrick
Producer Marcelo Busse
Co-Producers Henrik Meyer, Andrew Williams
Production Company Busse & Halberschmidt Filmproduktion, in co-production with Cedar Island Films
Runtime 101 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals DOK.fest Munich 2019, Vancouver 2019, Planet in Focus 2019, Dhaka 2020, DocPoint Helsinki 2020, World Community Courtenay 2020, Cinequest San José 2020, among others
Awards Women In Film & TV Vancouver Artistic Merit Award 2019, Science Communication Award Cinemare Int’l Ocean Filmfestival 2019, Special Mention Dhaka 2019
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, ZDF/ARTE, NFB Canada, Film Incentive BC
German Distributor mindjazz pictures international

World Sales
National Film Board of Canada

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