Oscar-winning documentary which analyses and questions dolphin hunting practices in Taiji, Japan.
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Writer: Mark Monroe
Starring: Richard O’Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones
Focus: The annual dolphin hunt which takes place in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan every year from September to March.
Genre: Documentary, Crime
Synopsis: Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
Richard O’Barry was the man who captured and trained the dolphins for the television show Flipper (1964). O’Barry’s view of cetaceans in captivity changed from that experience when as the last straw he saw that one of the dolphins playing Flipper – her name being Kathy – committed suicide in his arms because of the stress of being in captivity. Since that time, he has become one of the leading advocates against cetaceans in captivity and for the preservation of cetaceans in the wild. O’Barry and filmmaker Louie Psihoyos go about trying to expose one of what they see as the most cruel acts against wild dolphins in the world in Taiji, Japan, where dolphins are routinely corralled, either to be sold alive to aquariums and marine parks, or slaughtered for meat. The primary secluded cove where this activity is taking place is heavily guarded.
Duration: 92 minutes
Released: 7 August, 2009
Tags: Dolphins, Dolphin, Dolphin training, Cetacean, Japan, Taiji, Expose, Ocean Conservation, Animal Rights, Save the Dolphins.
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