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The Whaler

In 2022, Iceland killed 160 Fin whales, the second largest animal in the world: an endangered species. In fact, the International Commission whaling commission has banned its capture worldwide. How is it then that the slaughter continues? A crew from Swiss television RSI went to Iceland, intercepted the whalers and documented their cruel hunting methods. The result is an investigation that highlights a system of omerta spread throughout the country, a silent complicity behind which there is a multi-million dollar business aimed exclusively at the Japanese market. Whaling is not a tradition for Iceland, as it is for Norway. The meat of this cetacean is in fact practically all exported to Japan, purely for business. A very strong contrast for a nation that focuses on ecological and nature tourism, where one of the sectors that generates the most income is whale watching.
Another controversial aspect also emerges from the investigation. The problematic nature of the controls is confirmed in an exclusive interview with the president of the IWC (International Whaling Commission), who is also an official of the Federal Veterinary Office in Bern.
The journalistic investigation “The Whaler” has contributed to the suspension, in summer 2023, of Fin whale killing in Iceland.

  • Philippe Blanc
  • Philippe Blanc
  • Valerio Selle
  • Philippe Blanc
    Key Cast
  • Mauro Boscarato
  • Andrea Levorato
  • Michele Vassalli
    Original Music
  • Denise Liardet
    Color Grading
  • Yan Caspar Hirschbühl
    Graphic designer
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  • Runtime:
    50 minutes 24 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Iceland, Switzerland
  • Language:
    English, Italian
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • The Impact DOCS Awards
    8861 Villa La Jolla Drive, #13131 La Jolla, CA 92039
    United States
    Award Winner
  • Nature Without Borders International Film Festival
    18670 Coastal Highway #1048 Rehoboth Beach, DE
    United States
    Award Winner
  • Awareness Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    Honorable Mention
Distribution Information
  • Philippe Blanc
    Country: Switzerland
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Philippe Blanc

Philippe Blanc is a director and journalist. He works for Swiss public broadcasting television and deals on international investigative documentaries. He has worked in different parts of the world including Europe, Africa, America and the Middle East.

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