We urge you to attend a screening of BREACH, the first feature documentary film to highlight Iceland's commercial whaling industry. Directed by Jonny Zwick, narrated by Billy Baldwin, and produced by Bow and Arrow films in association with August Road Entertainment and Viceroy films, BREACH exposes the country's defiance of international treaties as it continues to hunt whales and trade in whale products.
The 2015 Icelandic whaling season is underway, and as of today, 83 endangered fin whales and 28 minke whales have been killed. Iceland is the only country to hunt endangered fin whales, and has killed more than 600 of these majestic animals since resuming commercial whaling in 2006. Iceland has also exported thousands of tons of whale products to Japan and elsewhere, some of which ended up as pet treats.
BREACH features the activities of Icelandic businessman Kristján Loftsson, CEO of the Hvalur fin whaling company and also chairperson of one of Iceland's largest seafood companies, HB Grandi, which has allowed its premises to be used to cut and process whale meat, in preparation for shipment to Japan. Hvalur has just chartered a cargo vessel, the Winter Bay, to export a new shipment of 1,700 tons of whale meat and blubber to Japan.
Through interviews with locals, including whalers, scientists, politicians and conservationists, BREACH provides an in-depth look at why whaling companies have been able to continue hunting the world's largest mammals, despite international bans. It also highlights a growing sense by many Icelanders that whaling is unnecessary, and that there is far more to be gained from focusing on whale watching.
The film is being hosted by Cetacean Society International (CSI) at the New Children's Science Musuem of West Hartford. AWI's marine wildlife consultant, Kate O'Connell, will attend, and take part in a Q and A session following the film. Director Jonny Zwick will also participate via Skype.
Date: Monday, August 24, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: The Children's Museum, 950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford, CT (Look for the life-sized ferro cement sperm whale). Parking on premises.
Admission is free.
If you have not already done so, we also ask you to write to Geir Haarde, Iceland's ambassador to the United States, to let him know that you are opposed to his country continuing to allow the killing of minke and fin whales. Encourage him to support responsible whale watching instead. You can send a politely worded letter to Ambassador Haarde via AWI's Compassion Index by clicking here. Please share with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to send a message as well.
As always, thank you very much for your help!