“WHALES & WHALERS” World Premiere

 With Luis Filipe da Silva Bicudo, producer

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Museum Theater
Free Public Screening

World première showing of the just-completed documentary WHALES & WHALERS, produced by the award-winning Azorean film maker, Luis Filipe da Silva Bicudo. Mr. Bicudo will be present and make some opening remarks. The film is free to the public in the Cook Memorial Theater, New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Whaling in Azores rallied the whole family and community around the whaler. With the burst of the rocket at the lookout post, they ran to see him leave and, with their eyes on the horizon or in the fog, longed to see him arrive. In small open mouth boats with throwing harpoons at hand, entire generations slumped to the whale. With vigor and dedication, each whaler was willing to risk everything for his boat to arrive first.

Today you still can navigate in the whaling boats, but now only for sport and pleasure, near the coast, away from the whales. However, my grandfather knew how to catch Moby Dick. Whaling was in fact their lives.

Luís Bicudo, 29, is a native of Faial, the grandson and great-grandson of Pico Whalers. He directed his first film in 2006, graduated in Cinema in 2010, and since then he has participated as a technician in several independent films as well as amateur theater projects. As a director, he was distinguished for five times, with two of his films, especially the short documentary "Banana from Pico". "Whales and Whalers" is the first feature film that he fully directed in 2013, which tells of Faial and Pico Whalers, Azores.


Na Baleação Açoreana, toda a comunidade e toda a família se unia em torno do baleeiro. Com o rebentar do foguete na vigia, corriam para o ver partir e, com os olhos no horizonte ou no nevoeiro, ansiavam por o ver chegar. Em pequenos botes de boca aberta e com arpões de arremesso à mão, gerações inteiras arriaram à baleia. Com vigor e dedicação, cada baleeiro estava disposto a arriscar tudo para que o seu bote chegasse primeiro.

Hoje ainda se navega nos botes baleeiros, mas agora apenas por desporto e prazer, perto da costa, longe das baleias. No entanto, o meu avô sabia como apanhar o Moby Dick. Caçar baleias era mesmo a vida deles.