The last Azorean whalemen

Director: Nick Francis

This film follows a group of Azorean whalemen in Pico preserving their rich shared oral history of whaling, survival and friendship. They are the last living connection to the Azores whaling industry and we didn't want their stories to disappear. The documentary shares the natural beauty of Pico and Faial, Azores where whaling once stood as a prominent fixture of survival on this archipelago. What do these men recall of their first experience hunting a whale? What methods did they use? How did they adapt to the whaling life? How do they feel about being whalers? And what did they do after whaling was outlawed?

This film is part of a combined programme with: No island like home. Both show island life, history and culture on two different islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

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