Guardians of the Whales

Whale researchers Janie Wray and Hermann Meuter live on the coast of Canada. They studied behavior of the marine mammals. The scientists' findings will help to protect this area before accessing the oil industry, which is planning a tanker route here.


Director: Roland Gockel

Roland Gockel was born in Duisburg. After high school be was a camera trainee at the BR before he went to study at the 'Staatliche Fachschule für Optik und Fototechnik‘ in Berlin. After practical training in underwater photography he started working as camera man in wildlife and nature films in 1990. Since then his shots feature in many documentaries and expedition reports for public TV, Blue Chip nature documentaries for movie theatres and international productions. Recently he has been working as producer, director and author.

Director: Rosie Koch

Rosie Koch was born in Balingen and studied biology. During a traineeship in Kudwigsburg she learned AVID cut, camera work and photo editing. While working on her thesis, in St. Louis, USA, about desert mole rats in Kenia she single-handedly made several short animal documentaries - some of them award winning.
Another traineeship at Story House Productions in Berlin was followed by a 3-years employment at Marco Polo Film in Heidelberg as researcher and author. In 2010 she foundet her own nature film production Nona Naturedocx.
She lives and works as freelance nature film author and producer in Berlin.

44 Min.
Director: Roland Gockel, Rosie Koch
Script: Rosie Koch, Roland Gockel
Cinematography: Roland Gockel
Editing: Marc Accensi
Music: Stephan Baader
Narrator: Peter Weiß, Martina Reuter, Bettina Kurth, Tobias Lelle, Nil Nellessen
Editor: BR/Bernd Strobel, NDR/Ralf Quibeldey
Producer: BR/NDR