In a film that has won awards around the world, Luna, a baby killer whale, gets separated from his family on the wild coast of Vancouver Island. All alone, he seems determined to make friends with humans. People fall in love with him - a cook on an old freighter, a gruff fisheries officer, an elder and a young man from a First Nations band. But the government decides that being friendly with Luna is bad for him, and tries to force him and people apart.
This effort becomes hilarious and baffling, because Luna refuses to give up his search for a social life. This leads to battles between the government and the First Nations, and between those who love Luna and those who think a wild animal who inconveniences humans should be killed. Funny, heartwarming and poignant, SAVING LUNA explores one of the greatest of mysteries: Who are these lives who share the planet with us humans, and what are the connections between us that we do not yet know?
**** "Breathtaking. Sends a shiver up your spine." Vancouver Sun
**** "An extraordinarily touching film. " The Daily Mail, London
**** "Truly fascinating. Entertaining and educational." Toronto Sun
**** "An extraordinary programme." BBC Wildlife Magazine
**** "Breathtakingly beautiful." Winston-Salem Journal
"Far more affecting than anything Hollywood could serve up.”
The Times, London
"One of the most heartwarming things I've ever seen." indieWIRE
"Powerful. Blockbuster stuff." Toronto Star
"A moving story." The Daily Telegraph, London
"An amazing story." Radio Times, London
"Captivating. " The Daily Mirror, London
"Riveting. " The Sunday Times, London
"Astonishing. " Victoria Times Colonist
"A masterpiece." Going Places, Durban, South Africa
"Joyous and uplifting. " Halifax Chronicle Herald
"Remarkable. It will stir even the hardest heart." Royal Gazette
"A crowd favourite.” Calgary Herald
"It's fantastic. Go see it!" Waterloo Record
"Mesmerizing." 24 Hours
European Minorities, five parts. Produced for and broadcast on the National Geographic Channel-US.
Sami of the far north
||The Setu of Estonia and Russia|
Turks in Germany
Hungarians in Slovakia
Muslims in Srebrenica
From the winter nights of northern Finland to the darkest of human experiences in Srebrenica, Bosnia, minorities in Europe fight for their right to survive. But the new openness of Europe holds hope that they may yet be able to keep their uniqueness and still live in friendship with the dominant cultures.
|Letters from the Forgotten People|
About 22 million refugees and other displaced people are scattered around the globe. Some refugees get attention in the world press, but most do not. The United Nations recently announced that relief agencies have 1.2 billion dollars less than is necessary to care for them. Based on footage shot in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this documentary looks at what life is like for some of these refugees. We see their arrival, their makeshift homes, the difficulty of feeding them, hopeful attempts to get them home, and the eventual frustration of those hopes.
Broadcast on Montana PBS stations.
|The Search for the Never Never|
In the Australian imagination the phrase "the Never Never" has two meanings. It can mean either the mythical distant Outback that you can never reach, or a debt that you can never repay. This film uses the double meaning to explore the way Australians fight over whether to find spiritual salvation in their land or use it for financial gain.
Behind the veneer of modern cities, Australia is a stark landscape of ancient, infertile soils and wildly unpredictable weather. This film follows people who try to shape this land to their dreams, and describes the conflicts that follow. Young men and women called ferals confront loggers whose families have worked the timber for generations. Irrigation provides billions of dollars in crops, but rivers are dying. A group fights to get water back in the famous and now empty Snowy River, yet the project that took it away it is a root of Australian culture. In the northeast, farmers clear trees and brush from millions of acres, but in the west other farmers pay the price for past over-clearing as salt rises to kill fields.
People try to shape the land in an image of ancient simplicity. In a program called Project Eden, foxes and cats are killed to make room for native species. But the Never Never is elusive. Nature is too uncertain to offer security, and humans can't get far enough from themselves to find salvation in wilderness. While Aborigines seek a taste of their old life in honey-ant burrows in the desert, the Never Never vanishes like a dream, fading in the light of the real world.
Distributed internationally by CS Associates.
All features were produced for and broadcast on the National Geographic Channel-US
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