The Islands and the Whales


Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:00pm
Tivoli Theatre

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

Film Category

Environmental Focus International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight

Film Website

Official Website

Shown with

Part Time Heroes

Part Time Heroes

Quentin Van Den Bossche

Volunteers with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society fight poachers and safeguard our oceans.

13 min.