“Whale Wisdom,” a film about whale intelligence and how mammals perceive the world that is narrated by Sir. David Attenborough, will be shown this weekend in Cordova. The film is playing at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the North Star Theatre. Director Rick Rosenthal will host a Q&A session after the documentary.  

The film has won numerous awards, including accolades from the New York Festivals TV and Film Awards and the Gold World Medal Awards in the cinematography and nature and wildlife categories.  

“In addition to the numerous awards which our film has received, we are proud of the fact that in Japan, a whaling nation, ‘Whale Wisdom’ received the highest number of youth viewers ever for a documentary film. We hope that these young viewers will eventually take action to stop the whaling,” said Katya Shirkow, managing director of “Wild Logic.” 

Rosenthal is a four-time Emmy award winner whose work often focuses on the natural environmental.  He’s trained as a marine biologist, with 45 published scientific papers, and his research helps drive the topics in his films.  His videos include several wildlife series and dozens of natural history films. His most recent project is “Planet California,” a series for PBS and Terra Mater about California’s wildlife. Another project in the works is “Alien Contact,” a film exploring the possibility that manta rays possess surprisingly high intelligence.  

Rosenthal earned his undergraduate degree from Humboldt State University, which has recently named him a Distinguished Alumnus, and his master’s degree in marine biology from California State University in San Diego.  He pursued post-graduate studies at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 

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Amanda Williams
Amanda Williams, originally from California, is a reporter, photographer and videographer for the Cordova Times. She has a long history of writing professionally for magazines and newspapers in her home state, and she also writes her own music. Williams is a decorated Navy veteran. When she isn’t covering the news, she enjoys skiing, singing, spending time with friends and family and traveling. She first came to Cordova as a VetsWork intern working for the Forest Service as a public outreach specialist on the Cordova Ranger District.