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Saving Luna is a feature-length documentary about Luna, a lone baby killer whale who gets separated from his family in a remote Vancouver Island fjord. When Luna seeks companionship from ... See full summary »


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Saving Luna is a feature-length documentary about Luna, a lone baby killer whale who gets separated from his family in a remote Vancouver Island fjord. When Luna seeks companionship from people, he breaks a fundamental barrier built of mutual fear and ignorance that normally exists between humans and wild beings. This shattering of convention leads to joy, confusion and anger. In a magnificent landscape, different groups of people fight over their wildly differing views of who Luna is, and what we need to do to save him. To natives he's the spirit of a chief. To boaters he's a goofy friend. To conservationists he's a cause. To scientists he's trouble. To officials he's a danger. To the filmmakers, Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit, he's a lone, lovable street kid whale. Eventually, as more and more people advocate Luna's death, Michael and Suzanne become intricately involved in the efforts to protect him. They believe he can be protected if he is simply given the friendship he seeks... Written by Anonymous

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A life does not have to be human to be great.





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5 December 2008 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Pelastetaan Luna-valas  »

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$425,000 (estimated)

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Luna the Lonely Whale
Composed by Bruce Gardiner
Performed by Miracle Beach
Elementary School, Black Creek, BC, Canada
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A human story
15 February 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie only because I'd visited the town where it takes place and was interested to see it. But it is outstanding, a really sensitive, wise and beautiful look at our humanity, in my opinion. How we are all flawed, but doing our best, and want to reach out and connect. I found it profound, going beyond, even, the story of a whale. It is the kind of movie that has so much in it that people will take different things from it and they'll all be right...right for them. It resonates on many levels. One particular thing I liked is that it didn't fall into the usual media trap of finding 'bad guys' to explain problems, the 'us' and 'them' mentality. The attitude of 'If THOSE people would change or go away, things would be o.k.". We are 'those people' but don't like to face it, as it's easier not to. The director knows that and faces himself as well. It was a very memorable film and I would hope it would build slowly and get the interest it merits. The director is a great storyteller and it was a story worth telling. I'm glad it was told so well.

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