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.
|Production:||Daniele Grieco, Stella Maris Film|
|Actors:||Ernst August Schepmann|
|Our age recommendation:||12|
|Language (subtitles):||German, English|
|Country of origin:||Germany, Spain|
|Screening rights:||Progress Film-Verleih (Germany)|
This documentary avoids using horror images, so the facts are sober. This makes the film all the more impressive. – Die Zeit Online
Whales are almost impossible to film, but the filmmaker / director Daniele Grieco has come incredibly close to these sea creatures. – 3sat
A moving film, which is mainly scary facts and gripping images: a warning. – Spiegel Online/TV
A close-packed, multi-faceted documentary ... up close to the animals form fantastic sequences ... Those without a heart of stone, can get that close. – kino.de
A stirring documentary, unique shots. The film "The Last Giants" comes to life through its animal recordings and the dedicated team. – NDR Kulturjournal
Scientific & journalistic quality
Transfer of a momentum
Picture, music, craftsmanship
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