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BLACKFISH

USA, 2013 (MIFF 2013, Documentaries)

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

"A mesmerizing psychological thriller with a bruised and battered killer whale at its center." – Variety

In 2010, the orca Tilikum killed one of his Sea World trainers. It was the third death the killer whale had been involved in over two decades in captivity. This eye-opening film focuses on the collision between a five-ton star attraction and a multi-billion dollar theme-park franchise, exploring the relationship between the captured animal and its trainers as it descends into tragedy.

Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles sensational footage, compelling research and moving interviews to present a gut-wrenching, gritty story that challenges viewers to consider humanity's relationship with nature and how little we understand our fellow mammals.

"For anyone who has ever questioned the humaneness of keeping wild animals in captivity and training them to perform tricks for food, this will be trenchant, often harrowing stuff." – Hollywood Reporter

D/S Gabriela Cowperthwaite P Manuel V Oteyza, Judy Bart, Erica Kahn Dist Madman Entertainment TD DCP/2013

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