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A stylised image of a whale jumping under the water with only its tail left visable in the shot. There is a vibrant orange sunset behind the muted blue mountains dividing it from the ocean. On the top right there is black text that reads “The Islands”. On the base left there is more text but in white that reads “And The Whales”.

The Islands And The Whales – additional film screening











UK / 2016  Dir. Mike Day    81 mins  / BBFC Cert. 12A

Tickets on the door only. £8 inc. VAT / £6 concs. Seats limited so reservations advised. Email andy@taigh-chearsabhagh.org

Following a string of international festival awards including DOC NYC Grand Jury Prize, Hotdocs Emerging International Filmmaker Award and a Bafta nomination, Mike Day’s acclaimed The Islands And The Whales comes to cinemas across the UK.

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; a life they 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 is coming from the whales themselves. The Faroese are among the first to feel the affects 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.

This screening will be preceded by a short talk by Alasdair MacEachean as an introduction to the Faroes.

Photo by Bart van meele on Unsplash