Watch ‘Blackfish’ – a documentary about the captivity of orcas and its tragic consequences.

Dogwoof Films


Never capture what you can’t control.

: Documentary, Science and Nature.

Focus: Orcas in captivity and the danger it brings.

Suitability: 15

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Writer: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli B. Despres, Tim Zimmermann

Starring: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, John Hargrove

Synopsis: Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing orca, that was captured off the coast of Iceland. Held in captivity at the Seaworld Aquarium, Tilikum went on to kill several people.

Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion-dollar sea-park industry.

This emotionally-wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Duration: 1hr 23min

Released: July, 2013

Tags: Orca, killer whales, aquariums, captivity, seaworld

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