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AKA

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AKA is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-18
17 minutes
VIDEO
JULIA F. MANN
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Wow! This really hits home in a great way. Aka is beautiful, enjoyable and teaches a great lesson. I like how it incorporates a legend about when the Sea Kings were alive and how they protected the ocean and how that it brought up to modern day. I also listening in on the dolphins conversing with each other. That lends a fun and lighthearted aspect and carries a very important message.

Based on the novel Aka, by Tristan Jones, the story follow a sailor that crosses path with dolphins and the dolphin leader, Aka, who has high hopes that the sailor might be a descendant of the Sea Kings of Atlantis. When an emergency happens, the dolphins make a life-transforming decision that has long-living implications.

The cinematography of this film is knock-your-socks off gorgeous, from the beautiful sunsets to watching the dolphins playfully jump across the ocean. Kudos to director Julia Mann and Rusty Farst, director of Photography for excellent visuals. The storyline depicts a legend that is very relevant to our world -- the protection of oceans - and emphasizes how preserving our oceans is critical to our planet. This short film's message resonates to the core. I love how the dolphins rescue the sailor, who then joins forces with them to protect the ocean. The locations are beautiful. We are treated to wonderful underwater and above water shots of the ocean and the dolphins throughout. Craig Wolf, who plays the lone sailor and also the narrator, has a wonderfully attentive on-camera presence and a beautiful voice. Dave Beaty's sound design adds another level of nuances, from calm to heavy-hearted tones that fit the context of the story and change as the story progresses. The character development is with the dolphins, who initially do not plan to help the sailor, but change their minds and decide to help him to everyone's mutual benefit. My favorite part is the "dolphin shark attack."

The message of this film is about protecting our oceans and our marine life. As told from the dolphin point of view - this never handed-down legend illuminates the eternal friendship between dolphin and man and inspires a call for action to protect the oceans.

I give Aka 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Tom W., and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

Wow! This really hits home in a great way. Aka is beautiful, enjoyable and teaches a great lesson. I like how it incorporates a legend about when the Sea Kings were alive and how they protected the ocean and how that it brought up to modern day. I also listening in on the dolphins conversing with each other. That lends a fun and lighthearted aspect and carries a very important message.

Based on the novel Aka, by Tristan Jones, the story follow a sailor that crosses path with dolphins and the dolphin leader, Aka, who has high hopes that the sailor might be a descendant of the Sea Kings of Atlantis. When an emergency happens, the dolphins make a life-transforming decision that has long-living implications.

The cinematography of this film is knock-your-socks off gorgeous, from the beautiful sunsets to watching the dolphins playfully jump across the ocean. Kudos to director Julia Mann and Rusty Farst, director of Photography for excellent visuals. The storyline depicts a legend that is very relevant to our world -- the protection of oceans - and emphasizes how preserving our oceans is critical to our planet. This short film's message resonates to the core. I love how the dolphins rescue the sailor, who then joins forces with them to protect the ocean. The locations are beautiful. We are treated to wonderful underwater and above water shots of the ocean and the dolphins throughout. Craig Wolf, who plays the lone sailor and also the narrator, has a wonderfully attentive on-camera presence and a beautiful voice. Dave Beaty's sound design adds another level of nuances, from calm to heavy-hearted tones that fit the context of the story and change as the story progresses. The character development is with the dolphins, who initially do not plan to help the sailor, but change their minds and decide to help him to everyone's mutual benefit. My favorite part is the "dolphin shark attack."

The message of this film is about protecting our oceans and our marine life. As told from the dolphin point of view - this never handed-down legend illuminates the eternal friendship between dolphin and man and inspires a call for action to protect the oceans.

I give Aka 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Tom W., and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

Aka's tribe of bottlenose dolphins crosses paths with a lone sailor in the equatorial mid-Atlantic ocean, exciting Aka because he wonders if his tribe has found a descendant of the long-lost, ancient Sea Kings of Atlantis. When the unimaginable happens, their fates become intertwined, leaving the dolphins with a life-transforming decision to make. This timeless, captivating story reveals an almost-forgotten legend and inspires a call to action--in audiences of all ages--to honor and protect the oceans.
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