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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | July 3, 2020

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Defend, Conserve, Protect: The Most Important Documentary of the Year

Defend, Conserve, Protect: The Most Important Documentary of the Year
Hannah Chadirchi

Ghostbuster and Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd narrates a new stunning documentary, covering a most serious topic.

Defend, Conserve, Protect follows the journey of a group of the brave Sea Shepards as they venture out to prevent a Japanese Whaling Fleet from capturing Minke Whales in the Southern Ocean. We travel with the Sea Shepards as they embark on their mission, learning along the way the importance of the organisation.



A recent report from the UN warned us that we only have 12 years left to put a stop to global warming, afterward the damage will be irreversible. Defend, Conserve and Protect highlights how crucial a role whale’s play in maintaining global temperatures, and how detrimental whaling by these Japanese Fleets is to the environment.

The team behind the documentary and in front of the cameras are all passionate and dedicated, delegating four years to this film in order to raise awareness of this vital issue. Captains Paul Watson, Peter Hammarstedt, Siddharth Chakravarty, Luis Manuel De Pinho, and Jean Yves Terlain all lead their ships and crew with pure determination and passion to stop the whalers.

Along with displays of courage by the Captains and crew, the film shows the raw and heart-stopping moments that they face as they battle with the Japanese Whaling Fleets, moments that will make your jaw drop. The director, Stephen Amis, says “Across the planet, there’s never been a more important time for people power, and Defend, Conserve, Protect captures the spirit of global activism.”



Although Defend, Conserve and Protect is a documentary, it flows like an intense adventure film. There are moments that will leave you gasping, crying for the mercy of the innocent whales and fearing for the lives of the Sea Shepards. However, unlike a narrative film, this is the reality we live in. Our planet and wildlife is being threatened by these heartless whalers. The Sea Shepards are putting their lives on the line to defend the whales, conserve our environment and protect the planet.

The documentary is out now, released on July 25th. I would encourage everyone to go see it, as it is likely to be the most important documentary to come out this year.

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