The Islands and the Whales

The whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but now marine pollution is threatening this forever.


Mike Day





Running Time

84 mins 


SFGFF Film Program: 

Green Film Fest Screening - April 24, 2017

The Faroe Islands are rugged and forbidding. It’s a harsh, remote landscape surrounded by hundreds of miles of rough seas. However, the world is closing in. The Faroese, hardy descendants of Norse settlers, have eked out a living on these islands for over 1300 years. However, climate change and mercury contamination pose threats to their environment and the safety of traditional foods upon which many still rely. Director Mike Day takes us up and over the vertiginous landscape of the Faroes in a spectacular use of aerial cinematography. Coupled with sensitive portraits of Island residents grappling with change, The Islands and the Whales deftly explores how even the remotest places on the planet are affected by global pollution. - Mark Valentine

- Viewfinders Grand Jury Prize, DOC NYC 2016
- Emerging International Filmmaker Award, HotDocs 2016

DISCUSSION WITH: Mike Day, filmmaker (via Skype)