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Weaving together natural history and biography, A LIFE AMONG WHALES delves deeply into the unique relationship between humans and whales as told by renowned whale biologist Dr. Roger Payne. For four decades Payne has advanced the boundaries of science and activism - beginning with his pioneering work on whale songs in the 1970's to his study of ocean pollution today. With beautiful and haunting imagery, the film forces us to question our stewardship of the Earth and our coexistence with some of its most intriguing creatures.

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A thoughtful, humbling, and full-hearted film that makes it clear the destiny of whale populations must matter to us all. --Jury Citation, Vermont International Film Festival

Payne's story is a remarkable one...boasting gorgeous cinematography, this festival award-winner is definitely recommended. --Video Librarian

Exquisite visuals...confronts a global query, 'Can a single individual change the world?' --School Library Journal

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  • Actors: Roger Payne
  • Directors: Bill Haney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Extra tracks, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IndiePix Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029KUHWA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,608 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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So beautiful and so soothing.
Julee Williams
This DVD gives you a personal insight into the complex and beautiful quest to understand the life and society of whales.
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Their size and majesty will capture you, as does A Life Among Whales.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Bricker on July 16, 2010
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In "Life Among Whales," Roger Payne makes a personal statement about the intelligence and creativity of cetaceans. Unique in this film's approach is that Payne connects to whales not only as a biologist but as a musician. His research into their songs reveals that it is, in fact, actual music, and his efforts to share and popularize the songs of the humpbacks over the years have bolstered awareness and conservation efforts. Also of interest is the fact that whale songs can be heard through thousands of miles of ocean, which suggests an amazing communication network. I'm a former cruising sailor and also an avid musician, so this film appealed to both my love of the oceans and of music. Not mentioned in the film is the possibility that sonar, marine equipment and industry could be creating sub-ocean noise pollution that could be socially disrupting or even damaging to cetaceans.

Payne is neither glamorous, not self-celebratory. He's a humble, compassionate scientist interested in sharing what he knows and in inspiring concern for the impacts of man's inhumanity on the oceans and potentially back on ourselves.

The cinematography balances scenes of brutal whale slaughter against some beautiful underwater footage that shows the grace, size and agility of these incredible animals in their own environment.

Overall, it's an excellent overview of the lives, politics and magic of whales, a good place to start if you want the big picture condensed into a compelling one-hour documentary.

I'm docking it one star because it doesn't ultimately conclude with specific recommendations for taking action. There's no website to accompany the film where viewers might connect to news or find links to conservation organizations, join mailing lists or sign petitions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Farmer on November 7, 2013
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Do not watch this film if you are sensitive to animal cruelty. I had to stop watching when they included actual scenes of harpooning and capturing live whales. It was horrifying. I am still rendered to tears when I think about those scenes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paola Hidalgo Coelho on August 9, 2010
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I was thinking I was going to see a beautiful film about Whales, it is nice, but I cry so much, I already support green peace and stuff to stop whale hunting but I did learn some things so it was good
I am glad I bought it I hope it help a little
Love Whales!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CaitlinIsTemp on July 29, 2013
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This is equal parts a biography of a man's life as a whale researcher as it is an educational documentary on whales and the oceans they live in. Of course, the footage is beautiful (how can footage of whales not be?). It's well worth a watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CHRISTOPHER KEAN on June 5, 2013
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This movie covers a great deal about whales. It is a little graphic at times, but it is worth it. It also provides a documentary that parallels the narrator's life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Johnstone on February 28, 2014
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A fact based examination of the interaction between whales and mankind.
I have thought about the video for some time after viewing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elka on January 8, 2014
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This film really educated me about the depth of intelligence and culture these magnificent creatures embody. I'd always known whales were intelligent mammals but I had no idea just how gentle they were. We're always looking for ET when we have an ocean full of intelligent life to communicate with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By silvana on December 29, 2013
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amazing documentary, Dr Bill Haney bring an amazing journal, and motivates how important is the power to make a change of our minds, instead to be paralyzed and do noyhing.
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