Duration: 13min 29sec
Category: 2020 Selections
Director: Jason Jones / Not An Alternative, and The Natural History Museum
Producer: Beka Economopoulos / Not An Alternative, and The Natural History Museum, Jason Jones / Not An Alternative, and The Natural History Museum
Whale People: Protectors of the Sea tells the story of today’s global environmental emergency through the figure of the orca. The orca is among the most contaminated and critically endangered marine mammals in the world. Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest are sounding the alarm, exposing the many threats orcas face, from outdated dams and depleted salmon stocks to sound pollution and the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline which would bring 800 new oil tankers annually to the Salish Sea. This short, experimental film features spectacular underwater footage of the orca, and the voices of Indigenous elders who communicate a vital message: what we do to the waters we do to ourselves.