Reel NW: Saving Luna

Reel NW

Reel NW: Saving Luna

Friday, April 11, 2014

A visually stunning, award-winning film that follows Luna, a baby killer whale separated from his family on the wild coast of Vancouver Island. All alone, he seems determined to make friends with humans.

Saving Luna

Directed by Suzanne Chisholm and Michael ParfitAired on April 11

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Luna, a baby killer whale, gets separated from his family on the rugged, 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 keep 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. In the end, 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?

SAVING LUNA - Interview with filmmakers Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm
Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm went to Nootka Sound for a few weeks to cover a story for a magazine, they ended up staying three years. Find out why, in this interview with the filmmakers. Hosted by Warren Etheredge.

What do we do if a story like Luna's happens again? Warren Etheredge asks the filmmakers of SAVING LUNA in part 2 of the interview.

About the filmmakers

Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit are writers and documentary filmmakers. They specialize in telling stories of the relationships between people and the natural world. Together they form Mountainside Films Ltd., an independent Canadian production company. They have worked on all seven continents. They are married and live on a small island in British Columbia, Canada. READ MORE


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Watch the full feature-length version on Netflix: THE WHALE or Amazon.

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