Blackfish: The Film Everyone Is Talking About
Blackfish, the highly anticipated documentary by director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite, has brought into question the ethics behind marine-wildlife captivity.
The film, released July 19, highlights the dangers of orca captivity while profiling Tilikum, a killer whale responsible for the deaths of several people, the most recent being that of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.
The film is hauntingly beautiful, juxtaposing scenes of wild orcas with orcas in captivity. It leaves viewers reflecting on the emotional capacity and intelligence of marine mammals, while remembering their own experiences in marine parks. It's no surprise it has generated the response it has among critics and fans alike.
Prior to its release and after, activists and animal lovers have held protests outside marine parks world-wide, including SeaWorld in San Diego, Ca. and Orlando, Fla., where they are calling for aquatic parks to "empty the tanks."
The New York Times has even written on Pixar Animation Studio's choice to change the ending of the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, in response to the publicity battle between Blackfish and SeaWorld.
Already igniting change, Blackfish is set to be one of the most talked about documentaries this year, which leaves only one question remaining. Do you have your ticket yet?
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Christine Coester is an editorial intern at Sierra. A fan of flora and fauna, she has a passion for conservation and environmental stewardship. Currently a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying journalism with the hopes of making the world a better and greener place.