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  • Director

    Drew Xanthopoulos

  • Run Time

    140 mins

  • Release Year

    2021

  • Country of Origin

    USA

  • Certificate

    U

  • Language

    English

UK Theatrical PREMIERE

Fathom + Reel Talks: THE PURPOSE OF CONNECTION

Part of the Documentaries Strand

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Dr. Michelle Fournet (Oregon State University) and Dr. Ellen Garland (University of St Andrews) are two scientists focussing on the study of humpback whales: their song, their culture and their structures of communication. In Alaska, Fournet attempts to open up a dialogue with humpback whales by playing previous recordings of a distinctive ‘whoop’ sound. Meanwhile, on the other wise of the world in the south Pacific, Garland uses their song to map out the whales’ journey across the vast oceans. From hypothesis to groundbreaking experiences in the field, Drew Xanthopoulous’ passionate documentary showcases the curiosity, collaboration and dedication of leading scientists in the dynamic process of discovery.
 

REEL TALKS: THE PURPOSE OF CONNECTION

The oldest cultures are not human…

In this special event we explore the purpose and power of connection and how broadening our understanding of the natural world, and how other species communicate, can lead us to a greater understanding of human connection.

Drawing inspiration from Fathom and the pioneering research of Dr Ellen Garland and Dr Michelle Fournet on the function of humpback whale song and communication, the conversation will also highlight women in STEM, climate change and compassionate filmmaking at its finest.

Panellists will include Dr. Ellen Garland, Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of St. Andrews alongside experts in the fields of Communication, Conservation and Animal Culture.

This event will directly follow a screening of Fathom. When you buy a ticket for the film screening, you automatically gain access to the discussion event. You cannot access the talk without buying a ticket for the film screening.



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