16451Walrus Whistleblower 1
Official Selection

THE WALRUS AND THE WHISTLEBLOWER

Year 2020
Runtime 89 mins
Language English
Streaming Information
  • Online Only
  • Availability: Full Festival
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Director Nathalie Bibeau is a childhood acquaintance of Phil Demers, who lives across the creek from the iconic amusement park MarineLand where he had his dream job as an animal trainer for years. He swam with killer whales and ran the show until he quit and made claims of animal abuse - calling for an end to the near 60-year-old practice of keeping marine mammals in pools. He’s also being sued for $1.5 million for plotting to steal Smooshi the walrus.

This character-driven film follows Phil as he champions a law to ban the captivity of whales and dolphins and spirals around an aching loss of identity. THE WALRUS AND THE WHISTLEBLOWER is a personal tale that plays out against the swell of a paradigm shift in our relationship with animals.

Countries

Canada
Awards
Winner—Rogers Audience Award, HotDocs 2020
Festivals
Hot Docs Film Festival 2020
Director
Nathalie Bibeau
Producer
Nathalie Bibeau, Frederic Bohbot
Screenwriter
Nathalie Bibeau
Cinematographer
Christian Bielz
Editor
Vincent Guignard
Music
Anaïs Larocque, Raphael Reed