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Synopsis: Enter a world of transcendence in Ama’ara – the Song of the Whales. Spiritual singer and healer Marina Trost follows her calling to cross oceans to save the whales and create a new, loving relationship between humans and these majestic beings. Through channeled music and mesmerizing cinematography, we feel Marina’s passion and how she connects intuitively to the whales’ beauty and majesty. Spirituality, sacred song, and healing flow beyond time and space. In this cinematic meditation, we uncover song as a vehicle to our own transcendence. This film is a powerfully poetic love song for our troubled times.

Language

English

Run Time

95 minutes

Starring

Marina Trost
Denesa Chan
Anne Byrne (Whale Mother)

Directed by

Sebastian Jobst

Composer

Hans von Chelius
Marina Trost

Cinematographer

Christoph Heyden
Denesa Chan

Director's Statement

It is October 10th, 2019. On the last day of shooting AMA’ARA – the SONG of the WHALES, jazz singer Marina Trost has a fatal accident while diving at the coast of EUA, in the Kingdom of Tonga. My underwater camerawoman and a dive guide were with her, while I was waiting for them to return. But I waited in vain. Marina Trost was found 5 weeks later by a fisherman, only a few hundred meters from where we had searched. The video recordings we see later end with the moment the accident happened. The lastfootage shows that Marina Trost had run out of oxygen. My camerawoman’s dive computer will show that she also had no more air in her tank a few hours later, when she comes up 16 minutes later. She looks at me speechless and panicky with fear. A little later, when we start looking for Marina, she embraces my legs, lying on the ground, and won’t let go. I will probably never forget these moments in my life, just like everything else that happened in the following days.

But this is another story, and not the one I want to tell with AMA’ARA – the SONG of the WHALES. I do want to tell the story of a woman who had the vision to give whales a voice by singing with them. A woman who was also hoping that people would stop killing whales. Marina Trost came to me in 2017 to tell me about her vision and to ask me to accompany her as a filmmaker. I agreed and in early 2018, with a small film crew, we started filming in Bosnia, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga. In early 2019 Marina, who was previously afraid of the water, took swimming lessons and successfully obtained her diving license in Thailand. She not only wanted to sing with the whales, but also be able to meet them physically. From our first meeting until her death, Marina was very passionate about this project. As a director and author, it was now a matter of the heart for me to implement her vision on film with the same passion and to bring it out into the world. During postproduction, I continuously remembered one experience. I was swimming with a female whale, just a few meters below me. She kept getting closer, for quite some time. She showed off her white belly and spread her fins like wings and I stretched out my arms as well. It was a magical experience which triggered an unbelievable feeling of happiness inside of me.

As a director, I hope that the audience will experience a similar feeling of happiness, which will make this their very own personal whale encounter. And who knows, maybe the audience will then contribute to turning Marina Trost’s vision a little bit more into reality.

Director's Bio

I was born in 1982 in Bad Kötzting, Germany. Since my youth I have been engaged in art, making films, telling stories and psychology. I love to explore different cultures and ways of thinking and to learn every day from the master directors of world cinema.

In countries like Brazil, India, Peru, Israel, the USA, Mexico, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga I have learned, experienced and collected a lot of incredible stories.

As a producer, writer, director, cinematographer and editor, I create films that broaden perspectives and open up new worlds.

Independently produced experimental – feature films

2018 RIWAKUY360° 85′
2016 KOLLOWALLA 80′
2008 KUKURUZA 74′
2008 LOVE LIVES AWAY ( DoP / Editor ) 80′

Independently produced documentaries
2021 AMA’ARA – the Song of the Whales 95′
2008 MUNAKUY 70′ (Graduation film)

Production Year

2021

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