DVD Release: November 4, 2008


“Whaledreamers” – the title alone evokes hypnotic visions of these most magnificent and ancient creatures. This visually stunning film offers an incredible glimpse into a rarely seen and scarcely understood tribal culture whose entire story of creation revolves around whales and has endured for centuries. The film passionately explores the connection between the subtle elegance of these “mothers of the sea” and ancient civilizations around the world whose culture and very existence is based on whales.

Intertwining incredible underwater footage with ancient legend, WHALEDREAMERS examines the complex past and the possible dire future of human civilization. Told with moving optimism and spiritual strength, it is a clarion call encouraging humanity’s reconnection to the profound beauty of the natural world and is an appeal to embrace all living beings thereby creating the unity and peace which the earth itself can bring.

Dove Review

“Whale Dreamers” is a documentary about a tribe in Southern Australia called the Mirning tribe. They believed that their deceased ancestors have returned as whales. They had ceremonies on sacred land by the ocean. Over the years they were displaced from these grounds. They were not allowed to have their special rituals or be on their sacred lands. Their leader Bunna Lawrie decides to hold a summit meeting of tribes around the world to learn their tribal rituals and to unite as one kingdom. They are against war, terrorism, oil drilling in the oceans and killing whales.

This documentary also includes global warming issues. They briefly touch on 911, and other terrorist acts. They wish to communicate that we are a people of many different nations and beliefs who should try to live in peace. We should also protect our earth from all the things that hurt our environment. This was a very interesting film. I believe that young children may not understand some of the content of the documentary. Due to some violent scenes listed below, we find “Whaledreamers” suitable for ages 12 and over. This documentary has been awarded the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: The spearing of a whale; a scene of men cutting up a whale.
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: The spearing of a whale; a scene of men cutting up a whale.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Monterey Media
Director: Kim Kindersley
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 89 min.
Reviewer: Judy Horan