"SCARS: Politics in the Big Blue", produced by Karin Hartman and Pieter van der Harst, hosted by the Nova Atlantis Foundation, is a film focusing on the life history of Risso’s dolphins studied in the Azores since 2000.

Synopsis: In 1999, a young (Dutch) woman changed her life to study the unknown Risso’s dolphin in the Azores. This film shows what she learned over 18 years of fieldwork. It contains spectacular underwater and drone shots, unraveling special behavior of these dolphins. It explains how males form stable groups while females with calves form nurseries, and why male politics are crucial for reproduction. Also, it reflects on the impact of whale watching, why commercial swimming with these dolphins should be banned and why this area is important in Europe and should be designated as a Marine Protected Area. This is a compelling personal story about the highs and lows of a life dedicated to studying Risso’s dolphins, with unique insights into their life history, and both endearing and confronting footage of their behavior.

The film had its world premiere during the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York on 22 October 2018 and won the "Award for best Drone Footage".Next, Scars won the "Wildlife" Award at the International Ocean Film Festival and is also an official selection of the IOFF.
The film is submitted to other international film festivals related to wildlife conservation with the aim to raise awareness.

Please contact us if your are interested to organise a screening event in your area.

Updates concerning the film Scars will be posted on the Facebook page of Nova Atlantis!

Public screenings in 2019 will take place in various parts of the world.
Please scroll down for screening dates and venues.

Watch the trailer of the film:

Trailer Scars 22_05_2018 from Karin Hartman on Vimeo.

"SCARS: Politics in the Big Blue" SCREENING DATES 2019

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
Cinema Village Theater
New York, USA
Kuroshio Ocean Education Foundation
Hualien, Taiwan
National Taiwan University
Taipe, Taiwan
1/22/2019 AND 1/23/2019
R. Moore/ Xplore offshore
Scripps Insitute
San Diego, USA
Burgers Zoo/Nova Atlantis
Auditorium, Safari Meeting Centre
Arnhem, The Netherlands
Stay Okay, Den Burg
Texel island,The Netherlands
American Cetacean Society, Los Angelas Chapter
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
San Pedro, Los Angelas, USA
International Ocean Film Festival
Roxy Theatre 13:30 PM
San Francisco, USA

New Screenings, dates to be confirmed soon:
March: University of Bari, Biology Department, Italy
April: Australian Museum, during the Whales-Tohora Exhibition, Sydney, Australia
April: Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch, Isle of Man, UK
April: Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, Puget Sound-Washington, USA
Summer 2019: Oceanic® Centre, Horta, Faial Island & Tera Azul Whale Watching LDA,Villa Franca, Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Updates concerning our research will be posted on the Facebook page of Nova Atlantis!