The 2018 festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018. Below is information regarding the 2017 festival.

The Islands and the Whales


Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:00pm

In their remote home in the North Atlantic, the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide, proud to put local food on the table. The land yields little, so they have always relied on harvesting their seas. Hunting whales and seabirds kept them alive for generations and gave them the way of life they love and would pass on to their children. But today they face a grave threat to this tradition. It is not the controversy surrounding whaling that threatens the Faroese way of life; the danger comes from the whales themselves. The Faroese are among the first to feel the effects of our ever-more-polluted oceans. They have discovered that their beloved whales are toxic, contaminated by the outside world. What once secured their survival now endangers their children, and the Faroe Islanders must make a choice between health and tradition.

81 min.
Danish, English & Faroese

Directed by

Mike Day


Faroe Islands U.K.

Film Category

Environmental Focus International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight


Animals Environment Food and Drink Nature Science and Medicine

Film Website

Official Website

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