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Saving Luna (2007)

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 »


Michael Parfit
9 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Michael Parfit Michael Parfit ... Himself - narrator


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Pelastetaan Luna-valas See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada


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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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Highly Recommended Film
19 June 2009 | by aquamarisSee all my reviews

Spellbinding beauty of Vancouver Island's West Coast sets a dramatic stage for this true story about a lone wild orca whale and his "human pod" and implications of extraordinary friendships they form. Nothing is simple about the funny and dramatic situations both Luna and the people around him find themselves in. Captivating narration coupled with mastery of sound thread all the contrasting elements into an intricate and emotional tapestry portraying so well the soulfulness and ruggedness of the inhabitants of this remote region, the enduring wisdom and spirited defiance of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nations people and the power of government authorities – all believing that their proposed solution is the right one. This film is relevant to the times we live in as much as it is timeless. It speaks to all generations with the resounding universal language of caring and yearning to understand and reconcile our differences. It has so much to teach us about ourselves and the natural world around us. Luna is the embodiment of something so much bigger than life as we know it. This film reaches into realms far beyond the story about this extraordinary encounter – it's a multidimensional testament to the fact that in spite of all our endeavours to unravel the mysteries of life on this planet, we know so little about the very fibre that connects us all. This is the ultimate love story that opens hearts and minds and shakes down the barriers in our collective consciousness, which we have gradually, unwittingly and unknowingly built and maintained through the ages by perpetuating the myth of "separateness" and our superiority over other creatures on this planet. Please go see it! (And bring your children for they will love it and thank you for it!)

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