Film makers synopsis
over 400 years ago, in the small coastal town of taiji, organized whaling began in japan. since then, the town and its people have been closely connected to both whales and whaling, making it a fundamental component of their culture. the western world however, began a worldwide campaign against the killing of these cetaceans not only at open seas but also around territorial waters. environmental groups and organizations applied what seemed to be a knockout punch on the issue when videotapes of the slaughter of whales and dolphins at hatajiri bay in taiji surfaced all over the world, prompting the production of news articles, ad campaigns, news clips and even a film. people from taiji felt violated by those who objected to their ancestral practice, and in response they began to isolate themselves. consequently, we have only heard one side of the story. until now, when a small group of westerners spent almost three weeks in taiji, getting to know its people, interviewing people from taiji, including two different generations of whalers, on camera for the first time in years, expressing their feelings about whales, whaling, environmental groups and culture.