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We hope you find these films inspiring and entertaining. Before we begin, we invite you to watch this welcome from Tsitsayxemaat from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw.

The offices of Georgia Strait Alliance are located on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations (also known as Vancouver) and of the Snuneymuxw Nation (also known as Nanaimo). Our staff and volunteers also work on the unceded territories of many other Coast Salish Nations. All these territories are also now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

We respect and honour the people of all territories, and acknowledge that this land was never surrendered, relinquished, or handed over in any way. We also acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we are committed to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous Nations in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

Take a moment to reflect on:
Whose territories are you watching these films from?

How does your unique identity affect your relationship to the place?


The Films

The Whale and the Raven - aerial view of a humpback whale exhaling

The Whale and the Raven
Mirjam Leuze

2019 | 101 min

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Dammed to Extinction - white text over a black and white picture of an orca swimming, with various film festival accolades listed underneath

Dammed to Extinction

Michael Peterson
2020 | 51 min

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The Wild - How do you save what you love? in white text over a scenic shot of Alaska's coastline and a red graphic of a salmon

The Wild

Mark Titus
2019 | 62 min

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To The Orcas with Love - What we do to nature, we do to ourselves - over two orcas swimming

To the Orcas, with Love

Natalie Lucier
2017| 56 min

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Blue Carbon - A Story from the Snohomish Estuary - aerial shot of river in coastal estuary

Blue Carbon

Benjamin Drummond, Sara Joy Steele
2018 | 6 min

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Lifeblood: Connected by Water, United by Hope - white text over grey scene of the Salish Sea

Lifeblood; Connected by Water, United by Hope

Lindsey Desmul
2019 | 21 min

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The Return - In the heart of the city a wild miracle awaits. A film by Marina Dodis. Decaying salmon in stream

The Return

Marina Dodis
2020| 20 min

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Wild Tides in cursive writing with light streaming through green water

Wild Tides

Rachael Dudley
2018 | 12 min

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Chad Charlie

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Urban Salmon - A documentary by Fernando Lesso. Graphic of city landscape

Urban Salmon

Fernando Lessa

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Under the Sea

Live Events

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The Return: Behind the Scenes
ay, March 23 - 11:00am 

Discover the behind the scenes story of "The Return" - Marina's Dodis' short film exploring a miracle occurring in the heart of the city

Behind the Scenes: Meet Live with Natalie Lucier and Alexandra Morton on top of film poster of two orcas swimming

BEHIND THE SCENES: To the Orcas, With Love
Wednesday, March 24 - 6:30-7:15

Join Natalie Lucier & Alexandra Morton as they discuss the film, their love of the coast, and ignite your passion for the planet!

How to make films for change with Reel Youth, image of a man taking a video on his phone

WORKSHOP: How to Make Films for Change
Thursday, March 25 - 4:30-6:00pm

This online workshop will give you practical skills and resources for creating your own films for change - using what tools you have at home

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Sustainable Seaweed Harvesting with Wild Tides
Friday, March 26 - 6:00-6:45

Dive into the fascinating world of sustainable seaweed harvesting with the stars from "Wild Tides" 

Behind the Scenes: Meet with Janie Wray and Andrew Willamson from the Whale and the Raven

BEHIND THE SCENES: The Whale & the Raven
Tuesday, March 30 - 4:30-5:30pm

Discover more about the Whale & the Raven with Janie Wray (Lead Researcher, BC Whales) and Producer, Andrew Williamson (Cedar Island Films)

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Community Conversation on Zoom!
Wednesday, March 31 - 5:00-6:30pm

Connect with the Festival of Ocean Films community in a guided conversation about the films. We will explore our overall impressions and discuss our favourite films in small groups

Many thanks to Coastal Community Credit Union for their generous support of the Festival of Ocean Films


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