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What to know: Adam Beach stars in this tale of a stray whale who brings a message of hope for the future and respect for the past to a small B.
KIDS FIRST ALL STAR LUNA: SPIRIT OF THE WHALE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-12
93 minutes
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Loved it. "It was great. The whale was beautiful and the people learned good lessons about how to treat each other and nature." "It's a nice story and it is kind of exciting how they saved the whale." They liked the parts where the kids work to clean up the boats and go to the water to help the whale. There were stereotypes of wildlife people who treated the Indians badly. They said mean things at the beginning when the kids took the boat. In the end, it made the kids think about how to treat whales and where they should live. It also brought about a conversation about respecting other people's beliefs. Liked that it is based on a true story. Loved the friendliness of the whale. They did not like the people trying to touch and feed the whale. The best part was seeing the children take care of and use the canoes.
The real orca lived freely in the harbor of a Vancouver Island village, loved by the entire community and the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nations Band for five years until his tragic death earlier this year. In this fictionalized account, the orphaned orca becomes the center of spiritual and political controversy. While the government plans to transport Luna hundreds of miles overland in an attempt to reunite him with his pod, the tiny Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nations Band fights to protect the young killer whale that they believe embodies the spirit of their late chief. The story centers around an aboriginal boy struggling with his identity and the Band's new chief, Mike Maquinna, who finds himself embroiled in a storm that tests his abilities to lead. Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers, Wind Talkers) leads the cast as Mike Maquinna, a First Nations Hereditary Chief who comes to believe in the traditions of his people through the sudden appearance of Luna; Graham Greene (Transamerica, The Green Mile) as band member Bill Louis, who questions Mike's ability to be chief; Tantoo Cardinal (Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis, H2O) as Mike's mother, who encourages him to follow in his father's footsteps and Jason Priestley (Shades of Black, Beverly Hills 90210) as a government representative who devises the controversial plan to capture Luna.
Adam Beach stars in this tale of a stray whale who brings a message of hope for the future and respect for the past to a small B.C. community. Inspired by a true story, this film dramatizes the plight of a lone orca whale and how he impacts the life of a man searching for his place in the world. Starring: Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers, Windtalkers, Smoke Signals) Jason Priestley ( Eye of the Beholder, Shades of Black, TV's Beverly Hills 90210) Graham Greene (Snowdogs, The Green Mile, Dances with Wolves)
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