THE WALRUS AND THE WHISTLEBLOWER

THE WALRUS AND THE WHISTLEBLOWER

Thursday Film Series

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Phil and Smooshi had become an inseparable pair when she first arrived at MarineLand as a baby, and together they became a viral sensation in the early days of social media. He gave her a sense of security, she gave him a sense of purpose. Now, he's embroiled in a stranger-than-fiction custody battle to #savesmooshi. This character-driven film pierces the veneer of a media story that has been bubbling away in the filmmaker's hometown for decades, with access to her childhood acquaintance at the centre of it. We follow Phil as he champions a law to ban the captivity of whales and dolphins, faces a lawsuit entering its 8th year, 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. At its heart are questions of compassion for others, humans and animals alike, the nuances of all our stories, and the hills we are willing to die on.

“BOTH DEVASTATING AND MORE THAN A LITTLE SURREAL.”

- Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“DEMERS' RESILIENCE IS GENUINELY IMPRESSIVE.”

- Inkoo Kang, Hollywood Reporter

Directed by Nathalie Bibeau

Country: Canada
Runtime: 88 minutes
Genre: Action | Comedy | Fantasy
Language: English

Rated: PG: coarse language; nudity

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