Whales of Gold

Lucia Duncan

USA, Documentary, 2009
39 min, Mini DV, Color
Spanish, English with English subtitles


Every winter tourists, scientists, and conservationists descend upon the San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California, Mexico following the migration of grey whales. Their presence--and the establishment of Latin America's largest biosphere reserve--brings profound change to the lagoon’s small fishing community. Whales of Gold voices local people's concerns about these changes and what the future will bring. It also raises questions about how to conserve the habitat and the species in a way that sustains the livelihoods of local people, as well as including them in decisions regarding the use of natural resources. Best Documentary, Next Frame Student Film Festival & U. Frame Student Film Festival.


Austin Premiere



Lucia has directed films about labor, tourism, culture, and the environment. Her film Making History: SEIU and the Labor Movement won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. As a Fulbright Fellow in Brazil, she made Olinda: World Cultural Heritage Site and Lord of Olinda, and worked for Video in the Villages, teaching documentary production to indigenous youth. She has a BA in Development Studies and Portuguese/Brazilian Studies from Brown University and an MFA in Film and Video from the University of Texas.


Producer: Lucia Duncan
Cinematographer: Lucia Duncan
Editor: Lucia Duncan
Sound Design: Greg Armstrong
Music: Jim Hershman

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Hecho en Tejas Shorts Showcase

Regal Metropolitan - Sat. April 24  12:00PM

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Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC)

Tues. April 27  5:00PM

(preceding Rehje)

Director Lucia Duncan in attendance.