New documentary ‘A Whale of a Tale’ revisits Japanese town of Taiji
Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki (Herb & Dorothy) presents a 95-minute documentary on the international whaling controversy, as experienced by one small fishing town in Japan. A Whale of a Tale will be released on VOC exclusively on iTunes in the US, Canada, and UK on Tuesday, 30 October.
In 2010, Taiji, a fishing village with a population under 4,000, suddenly found itself in the worldwide media spotlight. The Cove, a documentary denouncing the town’s longstanding whale and dolphin hunting traditions, won an Academy Award and almost overnight, Taiji became a common media destination and battleground for activists from around the world.
A Whale of a Tale presents a complex account of the ongoing debate. Told through a wide range of characters including local fishermen, international activists and an American journalist (and longtime Japanese resident), this powerful documentary unearths a deep divide in eastern and western thought about nature and wildlife and cultural sensitivity in the face of global activism.
The film will be released through Giant Pictures, a digital distributor based in NYC and Los Angeles. Working directly with filmmakers and rights owners, Giant distributes movies and TV shows to VOD & OTT platforms worldwide.