Now Playing
Coming Soon Special Events Calendar Support About Us Tickets
The Avon
 
The Best of Independent Cinema
 
Documentary Night: A WHALE OF A TALE

DIRECTED BY: Megumi Sasaki

 

ABOUT:


Post-film Q&A with director Megumi Sasaki

ABOUT THE FILM:

In 2010, Taiji, a sleepy fishing town in Japan, suddenly found itself in the worldwide media spotlight. THE COVE, a documentary denouncing the town's longstanding whale and dolphin hunting traditions, won an Academy® Award and almost overnight, Taiji became the go-to destination and battleground for activists from around the world. Can a proud 400-year-old whaling tradition survive a tsunami of modern animal-rights activism and colliding forces of globalism vs. localism? A WHALE OF A TALE reveals the complex story behind the ongoing debate. Told through a wide range of characters including local fishermen, international activists and an American journalist (and long-time Japanese resident), this powerful documentary unearths a deep divide in eastern and western thought about nature and wildlife and cultural sensitivity in the face of global activism.

ABOUT OUR GUEST SPEAKER:

Megumi Sasaki In 2008, Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki directed and produced her first feature-length documentary HERB & DOROTHY, about legendary New York art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel. The film went on to win top honors at many international film festivals and was released theatrically nationwide and as a part of PBS’s Independent Lens series. A WHALE OF A TALE, her third feature length documentary, had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and has won awards in many other festivals worldwide. In August 2017, Sasaki published her first book with the same title of the film in Japanese, OKUJIRASAMA, for which she was awarded the Science Journalist Award in 2018. Her book depicts the story of the film’s production and the in-depth historical and religious background information of the whaling controversy.

 

LANGUAGE: English

RATING: NR

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

 

UPCOMING SHOWTIMES:

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 -7:30PM


TRAILER:



 


TICKETS:

Carte Blanche: FREE
Nonmembers - $13
Members - $8
Students/Seniors (Mon - Thu) - $10

 

 

 

 
Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube flickr

 

272 Bedford Street | Stamford, CT | Box Office: 203.967.3660

 

It's Relevant Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich Web Design