88 min / 2015 / USA
SECTION(S): Social Justice / Reel Nature
Directed by Brant Backlund
Written by Brant Backlund
Starring Ryan Reynolds (narrator)
Friday 02/12/2016 – 10:20:00 AM – Fiesta 2
Saturday 02/13/2016 – 1:20:00 PM – Fiesta 2
The hottest controversy in Canada rages on frozen ice. Historically sealing was considered a respectable job, even heroic, until people witnessed it in their living rooms for the first time – graphic images too sensitive for most. Appalled by what he saw, a charismatic young activist named Brian Davies set out on a personal crusade to save the seals. Little did he know the battle would last the rest of his life. Davies started a movement to end the hunt. He raised money to bring media out to document the hunt on the remote ice floes. His images and stories led to international outrage. The pressure reached a head in the 1980s when the European Parliament banned the import of baby white seal products – effectively shutting down the hunt. But the war is not over. Both sides are fighting dirty. Canadian politicians have revived the hunt. This time, they are in search of slightly older seals just starting to shed their fluffy white fur. At about two weeks old, they are now legal. Now, a young, tough activist has taken the torch. Sheryl Fink is leading the huntwatch and fighting to completely end the commercial seal hunt – once and for all. At 78 years old, Brian Davies hopes that he will live to see a victory for his seals, while the sealing industry is doing everything it can to keep the hunt alive.