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15.-21. januar 2018

Program 2018

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The people of Taiji, a small town of 4000 on the Japanese Pacific coast, have made their living from whale and dolphin hunting for centuries. One morning in 2009, they woke up to a new reality: their practice of dolphin drive hunting had become the subject of a documentary film called THE COVE. While their hometown turned into a battleground for international anti-whaling activists, THE COVE (also featured at TIFF 2018) went on to win an Academy Award, forwarding the film’s explicit goal of putting an end to these hunting methods.

A WHALE OF A TALE allows local whalers, politicians and bureaucrats to weigh in, offering a more balanced view of the situation. Meanwhile, the global community has stakes in the questions raised here: Is tradition a sufficient argument to sustain a practice that world opinion perceives as morally reprehensible? And finally: Who has the authority to make the call?

Introduction at screening on Tuesday. Introduction and Q&A at screening on Wednesday.

Program: 
Orginal title: 
OKUJIRASAMA: FUTATSU NO SEIGI NO MONOGATARI
Director: 
Megumi Sasaki
Photography: 
Takashi Orikasa, Taiki Sugioka
Run time: 
1 hour 35 min
Year: 
2016
Country: 
Japan and
USA
Producer: 
Megumi Sasaki
Sales: 
Fineline
Age rating: 
15
Director info: 

Megumi Sasaki (b. 1962) is a Japanese documentary film maker. Since leaving Japan in the 1980s, she has been living in USA, working as a news correspondent for Japanese TV channels. Her first movie was the documentary HERB & DOROTHY (2008) about an art-collecting elderly middle class couple. She is now living in Tokyo and New York.