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The Whale and the Raven

This screening took place on
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 11:00am
Yukon Arts Centre

(Screens with short dramtatic film, Shadow Trap)

The imminent construction of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting plant in the nearby community of Kitimat, BC, promises to bring increasing tanker traffic and noise, with unknown consequences. Director Mirjam Leuze’s The Whale and the Raven illuminates the many issues that have drawn scientists, the Gitga’at First Nation, and the Government of British Columbia into a complex conflict. As the people in the Great Bear Rainforest struggle to protect their territory against the pressure and promise of the gas industry, caught in between are the countless beings that call this place home.

Filled with animated storytelling, stunning footage, and a soundscape composed of recordings of the natural world, The Whale and the Raven is a portrait of a remarkable marine ecosystem. Beneath this wealth of beauty lies something even deeper: a reminder that our shared world requires care, vigilance, and fierce compassion if it is to continue to exist.

Recommended Ages 8+


Screens with: Shadow Trap DIR. MICHAEL BOURQUIN, DAMIEN GILLIS, 2019, BC, 16 MIN
Gitxan traditional territory, 1908: Indigenous businessman Simon Gunanoot – labelled a “terrible savage” for allegedly killing two white men – is in hiding during a brutally cold winter. Meanwhile, in Hazelton, a failed prospector decides to head deep into the Skeena Mountains in pursuit of Gunanoot and the $1,000 bounty on his head.


  • Directed by Mirjam Leuze
  • 2018, British Columbia, Germany
  • 100 minutes

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