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Blackfish

BLACKFISH tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. The film shows just how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Year: 2013
Time: 83 min
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Filmmaker: Why I made BLACKFISH

In this CNN essay, filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite relates her motivations.

“My hope is that we take the BLACKFISH momentum and use it to help evolve us out of animals for entertainment. These silly marine park tricks are of no social, educational or conservational value. We advocate, instead, for captive killer whales to be retired into sea sanctuaries where they can live out the rest of their lives in a dignified, sustainable manner.”

The Killer in the Pool

Read the Outside Magazine article that inspired the filmmaker.

SeaWorld Questions the Ethics of BLACKFISH Investigator

SeaWord has filed a complaint to the U.S. Labor Department, accusing an official of “leaking confidential documents to the makers of BLACKFISH.”

Read more about their investigation on the New York Times.

Why BLACKFISH Is a Documentary Worth Watching, Even If You Know the Story

“This substantial doc displays the genre at its most vital: telling a story for a subject incapable of voicing complaint.”

Read the full article on Pop Matters.

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The Dawn Brancheau Foundation

“For Dawn Brancheau, it all began with a dream. After watching the Shamu show as a child, she was so moved by the bond shared between the whales and their caretakers that she made it her life’s ambition to become a SeaWorld whale trainer.”

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California bill would ban orca shows at SeaWorld

CNN reports on a California state legislator’s proposal to ban the captivity of killer whales for entertainment at SeaWorld.

What is the future for captive marine mammals?

PBS’s Frontline, “A Whale of a Business” includes viewer discussions, interviews and debates with experts, a deeper look into Sea World, plus much more.

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Gabriela Cowperthwaite Discusses Suffering Orcas, Trainer Death, and Why SeaWorld Hasn’t Seen the Movie

When asked about her access point for the story, the filmmaker replied, “I was a mom that took her kids to SeaWorld. That’s my entry point, unfortunately. I really didn’t know anything about it.”

Read the full interview at IndieWire.

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