Scars of Freedom

Céline Cousteau | 2012 | 6 min.

2013 Official Selection

This is the story of the repercussions of human negligence juxtaposed with the incredible power of human compassion. An entangled humpback whale, left for dead; a fishing net, her anvil. Estimated at 250 kilos this net had cut halfway through the left side of her tail. Between two dives, our film crew heard a radio call announcing some fishermen had spotted an entangled whale. Untrained for such missions, we nonetheless set off to her rescue and captured incredible footage. Beautiful images of humpbacks swimming through the protected waters off Hawaii offer a contrast to the story, concluding with a powerful statement; ‘Change begins with the heart.’