The Last Giants

Oceans in Danger

Until a few years ago, neither scientists nor the public were aware that the Strait of Gibraltar was such a unique natural paradise: in no other place on earth you can find as many whale species living in such a confined area. But the strait is also one of the choke-points of global trade with a volume of shipping traffic unparalleled in the world. Where modern routes of transport and ancient migration routes meet, we witness a showdown of the ocean giants. Again and again, whales are run over, get caught in ships' propellers, are poisoned by waste water or become stranded, disoriented by the underwater noise pollution.

Ten years ago, Swiss-born Katharina Heyer discovered that there are whales in this junction between Europe and Africa – and that these whales show unique behaviors due to their close co-existence. In order to protect their habitat, the former fashion designer changed her life and moved into the region. This film documents her fight for a hospital – a hospital for whales.

The magnificent pictures turn the film into an experience and show the uniqueness of nature as well as the phenomenon of globalization in equal measure.

"The Last Giants" conveys the relationship and the impact of globalization on the Strait of Gibraltar. A topic of high relevance and a very strong relation to our ecological basis. The director succeeds to create new value in an already well-documented area due to thorough research.

The film is entertaining as well as intelligent, describing in detail the influence of mankind on the oceans and life as a whole. "The Last Giants“ takes dynamic system developments into consideration and introduces many facts and empirical examples.

"The Last Giants" is very moving and awakens a strong empathy, compassion and appreciation for the natural diversity. Despite a good prerequisite by the wide range of emotional involvement, the film succeeds only slightly to inspire action or initiative.

The film is logical, exciting to watch and some scenes have not been seen before. However, neither the quality of the pictures, nor cut or camera work are worth any special mention.

Director(s): Daniele Grieco
Script: Daniele Grieco
Production: Daniele Grieco, Stella Maris Film
Music: Stefan Mohr
Actors: Ernst August Schepmann
Year: 2010
Duration: 90 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): German
Language (subtitles): German, English
Country of origin: Germany, Spain
Shooting Locations: Spain
Screening rights: Progress Film-Verleih (Germany)

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Main topic(s): Oceans
Secondary topics: globalisation wildlife noise
Mentions: whales ships traffic noise extinction Gibraltar
Topic Page(s): Oceans


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