Science on Screen®: Chewonki’s Fins & Flippers & the Film “Whale Rider”

Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnight)!

Run Time: 105 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2003

Join us at The Gem for our FREE Science on Screen Event, Saturday, June 12th, 4:30-8:00 p.m. Seating is limited to 50 people. We ask that you reserve your seat online in advance. Please only reserve a ticket if you can commit to coming for the entire program.

4:30-5:30pm: Chewonki’s Fins & Flippers presentation will examine the four major groups of marine mammals, their special adaptations for keeping warm, finding food, and breathing air in the marine environment, and the many threats they face. Participants will get to see a pilot whale skeleton put together by Chewonki staff plus large humpback and fin whale bones, including a rib that is as tall as a human!. Chewonki presenters will also teach us about the form and function of cetacean bodies and talk a bit about behavior and vocalizations of cetaceans and pinnipeds.

5:30-6:00pm: Families can take a break to run around outside and get some food & drink before the film starts. The Gem will have the pizza oven on!

6:00-7:45pm, Film: Whale Rider (Rated PG-13 for momentary drug reference and brief language) Only males are allowed to ascend to chiefdom in a Maori tribe in New Zealand. This ancient custom is upset when the child selected to be the next chief dies at birth. However his twin sister, Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), survives. At age 12, she enlists the help of her grandmother (Vicky Haughton) and the training of her uncle (Grant Roa) to claim her birthright. But to break with convention, she’ll have to do the impossible: win over her ultra-traditional grandfather (Rawiri Paratene)

Please reserve your seats today by clicking the showtime button above. If you need to cancel your reservation, please do so with plenty of advance notification. Email info@thegemtheater.com and we will do our best to make sure that others can enjoy the program. If the show is marked “Sold Out”, you may email and ask to be put on a waitlist. Thank you!

A huge thank you to:

An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

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