A short film by Shawn Heinrichs and Hannah Fraser, this is the story of a woman who has been deeply betrayed. Believing she will never trust another again, she sinks into depression, severing all connections with her world. Plunging deep into despair, she experiences an unexpected visit by humpback whale calf, a being whose species has suffered the greatest of betrayals.
Over 2 MILLION whales were killed by commercial whalers in the 20th Century, driving most great whale species to the brink of extinction. Finally in 1986, the Internataionl Whaling Commission (IWC) enacted a moratorium on commercial whaling, finally giving whales a reprieve from the mass slaughter, and offering these species a 12th hour chance at survival.
Despite their suffering in the hands of humankind, this whale does the unexpected and invites the woman into its special world. Together they dance and play, shedding their fears and distrust. Discovering she is not alone in her betrayal, the woman is finally able to let go and forgive. She rediscovers joy, hope and love as she experiences a profound connection with this soulful being.
As their time together draws to an close, the calf rejoins its mother and the woman must return to her world. Both the whales and the woman move on, vulnerable but ready to trust.
Will we betray them, again?
Used with permission, Terra Naomi's song I'll Be Waiting, from her album Live & Unplugged: bit.ly/HFummP
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