Celebrate World Ocean Day with Pacific Whale Foundation as we present our 6th Annual World Whale Film Festival: Inspiring action for a better, bluer future. In-person and online components start June 8, 2022. Join us as we showcase films from around the world, invoking the power of storytelling to raise awareness of environmental conservation and major threats impacting nature and humankind.
We’re proud to announce the following spotlight films featured in this year’s stellar program (online tickets include all 25 films):
Ocean Guardians, a film by Pacific Whale Foundation created by PWF documentary filmmaker Selket Kaufman. This 20-minute film documents the journey of humpback whales as they migrate between Alaska and Hawai‘i and the efforts of Pacific Whale Foundation to save them from extinction. In the face of emerging threats, the organization employs research, education, and conservation methods as it races against time to restore and sustain the delicate balance between humankind and marine life.
Entangled, by David Abel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter that addresses ongoing efforts to protect the North American right whale from extinction (only an estimated 350 exist, making this population among the planet’s most endangered species), and the struggle to balance the interests of conservation groups and lobster-industry lobbyists.
This Mortal Plastik, a playfully crafted film by award-winning media artist and filmmaker Jess Irish, incorporates hand-drawn illustrations and poetic interludes as it crosses the world’s oceans in an attempt to understand the contemporary landscape of single-use synthetics
Healing Land, Healing People, by Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday, shot entirely on Maui and Moloka‘i at the height of the pandemic, examines the concepts and importance of kuleana (responsibility), malama (care for) and ‘aina (land) as local residents embraced the opportunity to engage in nature-based restoration projects that provided paychecks and job-skills training while reinvigorating deep and meaningful connections to nature and their own sense of purpose.
Mahalo to everyone who joined us for the in-person event! All 25 films will be viewable online to ticket holders from June 8- July 31.
For questions, reach out to [email protected].
All ticket sales are non-refundable.
WWFF funding provided by Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Program.
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Aloha, We Are Open! Our PacWhale Eco-Adventures are open for booking as we welcome visitors back to Maui. Quarantine restrictions were lifted on Oct. 15th for those following the state’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements.