Saving Luna

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Release Date: December 5, 2008 (limited)

1h 32m | Documentary

In this true story, which has won awards at festivals around the world, Luna, a baby killer whale, gets separated from his family in a remote fjord on the rugged coast of Vancouver Island. All alone, he seems determined to make friends with humans. He pops up beside boats, he makes eye contact, he whistles, he gets people to rub his tongue. 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 friends with Luna is bad for him, and tries to keep him and people apart.

This effort becomes hilarious and baffling, and eventually leads to conflict, 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 Luna opens windows into one of the great mysteries: Who are these lives who share the world with us humans, and what are the connections between us that we do not yet know?

Director: Michael Parfit, Suzanne Chisholm
Studio: Mountainside Films
Producer(s): Suzanne Chisholm
Writer(s): Michael Parfit
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