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Song of the Sea

1hr 33mins
Directed by
Tomm Moore
David Rawle,
Brendan Gleeson,
Lisa Hannigan

Presented by Science on Screen, Jr. The gorgeous animated feature Song of the Sea is inspired by the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. Before the film, Kathy Streeter, Marine Mammal Curator at the New England Aquarium, will talk about the Aquarium’s seal families and how they play—and sometimes even speak!—with each other and the humans around them.

About the film

A boy living in a remote lighthouse discovers that his mute sister is a selkie who must find her voice to free Ireland’s fairies from the spell of a Celtic goddess.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse—the last seal-child—who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. To save his sister and keep Ireland’s mythical inhabitants from disappearing forever, Ben must find Saoirse’s lost seal coat and confront both the owl witch Macha and his undisguised resentment of the selkie girl whose birth meant the loss of his mother. From the creators of the Academy Award-nominated The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea is a breathtakingly hand-drawn tale of coping with heartbreak and discovering magic and sibling love.

Recommended for ages 7+.

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