Never capture what you can’t control.
Genre: Documentary, Science and Nature.
Focus: Orcas in captivity and the danger it brings.
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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