the whale & the raven
Written and Directed by Mirjam Leuze
North American Premiere
At the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival
October 4, 9:00 p.m., SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts*
October 6, 4:00 p.m., SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts*
On Gil Island off the northwest coast of BC, the sound of waves lapping and ravens cawing is punctuated by whale calls emanating from a network of loudspeakers. Drawn to the rich food sources and quiet waters, humpback whales, pods of orca, fin whales, and porpoises eat, play, and raise their young here, in the Kitimat fjord system. Researchers Hermann Meuter and Janie Wray founded the Cetacea Lab on the island to study this unique marine environment. But the imminent construction of a new LNG exporting plant in Kitimat promises to bring increasing tanker traffic and noise, with unknown consequences. As the people in the Great Bear Rainforest struggle to protect their territory against the pressure and promise of the gas industry, caught in between are the countless beings that call this place home.
The Whale and the Raven is a Germany/Canada co-production of Busse & Halberschmidt; Cedar Island Films; the NFB; ZDF in collaboration with ARTE; TOPOS Film in cooperation with Vizion, with the support of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW; the Province of BC/Film Incentive BC; Creative BC and the