Sealers: One Last Hunt
A motley crew refuse to accept the demise of Norwegian sealing and set out on a hazardous journey through the polar ice.
There were 200 Norwegian sealing vessels at the start of the 19th century; now there is only one. Meet the last sealers of the West Ice, as they tackle dramatic Arctic seascapes in pursuit of this controversial meat. Despite international criticism, this motley crew keep alive an ancient part of Norwegian culture. With beautiful cinematography, this intimate and sensitive doc captures their difficult life in hostile waters and a bloody tradition that refuses to die.
At the head of this band is stubborn old-timer Bjøne. Through his dogged tenacity he has earned the captaincy of this craft and the trust of its crew. "Sometimes it's better to make a wrong decision than no decision at all," is his approach to seamanship. But it is his seasoned knowledge of the seals and the seas they inhabit that makes this difficult trip possible.
Joining the crew is first-timer Håkon, who must test his nerve in this grisly enterprise, and struggles with his sentiments for their lovable prey: "It might be a problem when I'm out on the ice, clubbing those cute little..." But before he can finish, another chips in, "At the course we learned how you should smash the brain cavity." Can Håkon make the grade in one of the toughest jobs in the world?
With astounding camerawork and great depth, this film intimately portrays a controversial practice and those who believe in keeping tradition alive, despite the odds.