Films on Fish Include Dolphins and Whales
The End of the Line
Documentary 2009 PG 1hr 22m. Filmmaker Rupert Murray traverses the world exposing the devastating effects that overfishing with modern technology is having on fish stocks and exploring the real solutions to solve the crisis. the film’s point that overfishing 1) occurs, and 2) has dire repercussions. International fishing guidelines are regularly ignored by poachers and individual governments to astonishing degrees; in some cases, the suggested maximum catch is exceeded by tenfold or more. Overfishing can result in 1) ecological disasters, as when a species goes extinct or becomes endangered it can have consequences such as increase of algae or other such biological problems that wreak more havoc than one would imagine; and 2) significant loss of jobs, as if there are no fish to catch there are no fishermen to employ. See Full Review
Sushi: The Global Catch
Documentary 2012 NR 1hr 14m. This documentary traces the history of sushi from its origins as Japanese street food to its current status as an internationally popular cuisine.
Documentary 2011 G 1hr 25m. This documentary introduces Luna, a wild killer-whale living off Vancouver Island who befriends a community. His presence there draws conflicted emotions. This wonderful film shows many loving and playful interactions between Luna and people, in a beautiful Pacific Northwest setting. The way this Orca interacted with us (humans) is far beyond what is usual in the wild. The fact that this highly intelligent mammal sought people out for attention and affection, then communicated and interacted with them, is astounding. Such an amazing creature. See Full Review
Documentary 2013 PG-13 1hr 23m. This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum — who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity — and questions the safety and humaneness of confining these intelligent creatures. See Full Review
Documentary 2009 PG-13 92 minutes. Reveals slaughter of wild dolphins for food in Japan. Daring animal activists arrive with surveillance equipment at a scenic cove in Taijii, Japan, to capture footage of a secretive and heavily guarded operation run by the world’s largest supplier of dolphins. As the group sets out to expose the horrifying truths behind the capture of dolphins for the lucrative tourist industry, they also uncover an environmental catastrophe. Louie Psihoyos directs this riveting, Oscar-winning documentary.
The Story of Paul Watson
Documentary 2011 NR 1hr 50m. A documentary team chronicles the life of a passionate “eco-pirate” who repeatedly flouts the law to apprehend environmental law-breakers. The film begins as Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society are arriving in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary on board the RV Farley Mowat, in search of illegal whaling operations. They come upon the Japanese whaling supply vessel Oriental Bluebird and warn her to leave the area, but she refuses. Playing “Ride of the Valkyries” on a loudspeaker, the Farley Mowat then approaches and broadsides the Bluebird using a welded steel blade that protrudes from the hull of the boat—a demonstration of the kind of tactics Watson and the Sea Shepherds are known for. The film then goes into an account of Watson’s long and controversial history as an activist, going into depth about his role in co-founding Greenpeace, his subsequent disagreements with its other founders, and his separation from the organization to found his own Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Using interviews with key figures in the environmental movement as well as news footage from the 1970s through the 2000s, the film recounts confrontations with various hunting and fishing bodies over the past 30 years which shaped Watson’s methodology as an activist. Throughout the film Watson faces problems with the international legal system, aging boats, inexperienced crew, fundraising, and criticism from his colleagues and family.
Reality Series 2008-2010 TV-14. Dedicated to obstructing the Japanese whaling fleet, Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as the crew of the MV Steve Irwin deliberately put themselves in harm’s way in this drama-packed reality program, leading to some frightening high-seas confrontations.
The Whale Warrior
Pirate for the Sea
Documentary 2008 NR 1hr 40m. Explore the controversial career and tactics of militant marine conservationist Paul Watson in this documentary that profiles his rise as an activist and his most daring attempts to stop hunters from illegally slaughtering sea creatures.
At the Edge of the World
Documentary 2008 PG 90 minutes. In director Dan Stone’s documentary, Canadian activist Paul Watson and his team from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society take aggressive steps to stop Japanese fishing ships from hunting whales. With a two-boat fleet and a helicopter for filming the whalers from the air, Watson and his crew of international volunteers use industrial-strength can openers, stink bombs and other unconventional combat gear to disable offending ships.
Documentary 2014 NR 1hr20m. This doc visits the Gulf Coast to expose the effects of the 2010 oil spill on the people and economy in the community of Pointe à la Hache. The British Petroleum (BP) project Deepwater Horizon caused this disaster by carelessness and greed. BP’s Tony Hayward said “We will be judged by our response.” Their response is nothing short of a crime against humanity and the planet. This is a powerful movie that exposes what REALLY happened as the aftermath of the BP Gulf spill, and how little regard BP has had for the US citizens, economy, and environment. See Full Review
Documentary IMAX 2008 NR 42m. This IMAX documentary showcases the underwater sardine migration off the coast of South Africa, examining its impact on local economies and culture.
Strange Days on Planet Earth
Documentary 2008 Episode 1 Dangerous Catch TV-PG 1 Special. “Dangerous Catch” explains how overfishing can lead to remote consequences such as the disappearance of wildlife on the African savannah and global warming. Actor Edward Norton narrates this thought-provoking National Geographic series that gets to the bottom of the most vexing environmental mysteries.
Documentary 2007 PG 89 minutes. Documentarian Rob Stewart dives into shark-filled seas to disprove fear-based stereotypes and raise awareness of the world’s dwindling shark population. But he ventures into dangerous waters when he battles shark poachers in this award-winning film. With renegade conservationist Paul Watson, Stewart exposes the criminal and highly profitable harvesting of shark fins, risking his life and facing a corrupt court system for his efforts.
Documentary 2010 TV-PG 43m. Highly social, intelligent, and highly deadly, orcas are the ocean’s greatest predators — and far more dangerous than their Sea World training may suggest.
To the Last Fish
Documentary Frontline 1991. Correspondent Al Austin looks at the mass environmental destruction of the world’s fisheries caused by new technologies in the fishing industry. Interviews with fishermen, businessmen, scientists, and government leaders reveal how the vital marine resource is in a dangerous state of decline.
La Terra Trema
(The Earth Trembles)
Drama 1948 NR 154 minutes. Cast with real Sicilian locals as villagers, director Luchino Visconti’s haunting film presents a wrenching study of a family struggling to find happiness against the backdrop of Sicily’s fishing community. The townsfolk’s’ lives undergo dramatic changes when they plot to overthrow the greedy wholesalers depriving them of a decent living. But against the odds, they still enjoy love, laughter and friendship within their close-knit community.
Drama 1949 81 min. This classic Italian movie stars Ingrid Bergman as Karin in an unhappy marriage. The rugged landscape of the volcanic island provides a truly spectacular setting. And the scene where Karin observes the fishermen catching tuna at sea is one of the most visually remarkable sequences in Italian cinema.
Man of Aran
Documentary 1934 NR 77 minutes. Director Robert Flaherty’s first sound film is a brilliant dramatized documentary about the Herculean struggles of a community living on the remote and almost completely barren island of Aran, off the Irish coast. Before crops can be grown here, the soil has to be collected from rock crevices and mixed with seaweed. Flaherty also wrote the screenplay, and the film was named Best Picture of the Year (1934) by the National Board of Review.
Moby Dick (1956)
Drama 1956 NR 115 minutes. Gregory Peck triumphs in his starring role as the obsessed Capt. Ahab in this big-screen version of Herman Melville’s classic novel. Ahab longs to hunt down and kill Moby Dick, the great white whale who tore off Ahab’s leg years ago. Unfortunately, his maniacal fixation spreads to the crew and ultimately leads to disaster. The legendary John Huston directed this faithful adaptation, which racked up numerous critics’ awards.
Moby Dick (2010)
Drama Miniseries 2010 TV-14. Fiery 19th-century whaler Captain Ahab is determined to kill the white beast that chomped off his leg, and so he leads his crew on a wild chase at sea. Meanwhile, sailor Ishmael tries to escape his feelings of alienation.
Moby Dick: The True Story
Documentary 2002 NR 52 minutes. The true story that inspired Herman Melville’s classic novel is literally a whale of a tale. In November 1820, the 87-foot whaling ship Essex was rammed by an enraged sperm whale; two collisions left the vessel splintered and the crew afloat on three small boats. This historical documentary explores the survivors’ voyage over thousands of miles of open ocean and their battles with starvation and the elements.
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