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"A Whale Ate One of the Trainers?"

Now this looks like a documentary I want to see

Tilikum in Blackfish
Tilikum in Blackfish
Photo: Magnolia Pictures

Picked up by Magnolia, in collaboration with CNN, out of the Sundance Film Festival, Blackfish is a documentary that will be hitting theaters later this year and just below is the first teaser trailer for the film. Here's the description from the Sundance website:

Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus—beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who—unlike any orca in the wild—has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong?

Shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable 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.

Watch the first trailer below. The film is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

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  • Hello Kitty

    You can actually find unedited scenes from the killing of the trainer on You Tube.

    Such a tragedy.

  • MajorFilmFan

    SeaWorld is gonna be PISSED. As they should be. About time we found out the full story

  • MajorFilmFan

    I read a very interesting review out of Sundance, where a lot of people called the film 2013's version of The Cove. The particular review I read said that while 'Blackfish' IS a shocking film in a lot of ways, it lacks the emotional impact that 'The Cove' had. We'll have to wait and see once the film is released into theaters