The Scottish-made documentary The Islands and the Whales is set in the remote Faroe Islands, and through much of the documentary we are treated to the rugged scenery that comes with this far-away country. The mountains seem to be continuously covered in cloud, and that seems to further isolate the region, something director Mike Day seems to have done consciously. The documentary is jaw-dropping in its visual splendour and we are given an insight into a very difficult topic that is often discussed around the world: whaling.

In The Islands . . .

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Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is know based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.