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Whaledreamers (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 15 June 2006 (USA)
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Whaledreamers is the heartfelt story of the return of an aboriginal whale dreaming tribe from the edge of extinction and the equally, long journey of the whales, not only to survive the ... See full summary »

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Kim Kindersley

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Kim Kindersley
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Credited cast:
Pierce Brosnan ... Himself
Terence Unity Freitas Terence Unity Freitas ... Himself
John Hurt ... Himself
Kim Kindersley Kim Kindersley ... Himself
Bunna Lawrie Bunna Lawrie ... Himself
Julian Lennon ... Himself / Narrator
Geoffrey Rush ... Himself
Jack Thompson ... Himself / Narrator
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Whaledreamers is the heartfelt story of the return of an aboriginal whale dreaming tribe from the edge of extinction and the equally, long journey of the whales, not only to survive the slaughter by man, but to engage the human race into waking up in time. Written by Anonymous

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Australia

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English

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15 June 2006 (USA) See more »

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$1,797, 28 September 2008, Limited Release

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$10,444, 7 December 2008
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11 August 2013 | by roedygSee all my reviews

A Maori shaman, with financial help from Julian Lennon holds a gathering of obese tribal elders from all over the globe.

Each participant gets up, gives a pretentious long-winded speech on theme of unity and performs a potent magic ceremony. This goes on and on and on and on.

Eventually, they decide to do some whale dreaming. This consists of jumping up and down, shouting and singing on the edge of an ocean cliff until someone spots a whale. They successfully spotted a whale, declared it a miracle and rejoiced with much rejoicing.

The tedium is periodically broken with some spectacular underwater shots of extreme closeups of a majestic southern right whale.

You hear a little about land claims, prejudice and injustice. One South American rain forest tribe promised to commit mass suicide if a large corporation would not get off their backs. They succeeded "with their singing" according to the movie. They sang a song whose words claimed the world would end if ever the song ended. It eventually did, and the earth carried on.

They are a brutalised little band. They are so addled they imagine magic ceremonies are the only way to solve their problems.


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