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 minke whaling season has just begun, and the hunt for fin whales is expected to begin later this month.
Iceland is the only country to hunt the endangered fin whale, and has killed 551 of these majestic animals since resuming commercial whaling in 2006. Iceland has also exported more than 5,400 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.
Breach will be shown as part of the 14th Annual San Francisco Documentary Film Festival at the Roxie Theatre.
Saturday, June 13 at 4:45PM
Tuesday, June 16 at 9.15 PM
3117 16th Street, between Valencia and Guerrero. The theatre is accessible from the 22, 14, 49 and 33 bus lines, two blocks west of the 16th Street BART stop, and three blocks east of the J-Church line. Public parking is available at the 16th & Hoff Garage on Hoff Street between Mission and Valencia off 16th.
Advance tickets are available by calling 415-552-5580 or by clicking on "Box Office" at http://sfindie.com/.
Same-day tickets are only available at the venue. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. For all screenings you must arrive at least 15 minutes before show time to assure seating.
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!