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, born on 20.09.1970 in Balingen, studied biology in Mainz, Jena and Tübingen after graduating from high school. During an internship in Ludwigsburg, she learned AVID editing, camera work and image processing. During her doctoral thesis in St. Louis, USA, about naked mole rats in Kenya, she created several, partly award-winning, animal short documentaries on her own. Another internship at Story House Productions in Berlin was followed by a 3-year employment at Marco Polo Film AG in Heidelberg as a researcher and director. In 2010 she founded her own nature film production company Nona Naturedocx. Mostly in collaboration with her partner, the cameraman Roland Gockel, the director and producer creates since then partly award-winning nature and animal films, as well as nature or animal protection relevant reports for public German and French television.

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