A Whale of a Tale + Q&A 18


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This film was last shown on 26 February 2018

A Whale of a Tale examines the complex issue of Japan’s contemporary dolphin hunting. A Whale of a Tale is a fascinated and unique examination of this controversial topic that engages with both the local fisherman and the environmentalist that seek to stop whaling practices.

The town of Taiji has hunted dolphin for over 400 years but in 2010 an American documentary meant that overnight the coastal town became a battleground between the local community and foreign environmental activists. Made in response to The Cove (2009), Megumi Sasaki’s film follows Jay Alabaster, an American journalist who moved to Taiji, and Atsushi Nakahira, a Japanese-nationalist who attempts to bring the town and the environmentalists into dialogue.

Screening and Q&A with director Megumi Sasaki.

Megumi Sasaki
98 mins


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