Ended on 9/19/2013

BLACKFISH -  Rated (PG-13)

2013 - USA - English | Spanish (with English subtitles) - 83 minutes - Magnolia Pictures

Directed by: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Featuring: Samantha Berg, Dave Duffus, Dean Gomersall


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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.

" One of the best (and most talked about) documentaries of the year."
- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"Powerful, heartbreaking, and beautifully crafted."
- PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

"Critics' Pick"
- LA TIMES

"Blackfish will win the Academy Award for best documentary. It's that good."
- US News and World Report


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Posted by : Huteng Date Added: 9/13/2013 2:39:41 AMreport this post 
Tilikum is really a great work of nautre. I believe the place these animals is in the wild, where they belong, though I know that in the SeaWorld parks the people have the chance to see them up close, what doesn't happens in nautre. Read about the demise of that trainer was something shocking, but everyone knew it was not advisable to have this kind of contact with Tilikum. I would say he'd better free, but to have three decades of captivity he would not adapt.

Posted by : Marisol Date Added: 9/13/2013 11:40:27 AMreport this post 
u can not watch it as it will never b released, i have read, and know the full life hiosrty of Tilikum, i know about each and every calf he has helped produce, and i know about each of the 3 deaths he helped cause, off by heartIt happened, because during the show, Dawn was doing a sequence with Tilly as he is known to the trainers, theey were both spinning round, Dawn's pony tail swished and caught on Tilly's face. it agrevated him and t the end of the show, Dawn was at the side of the water, when Tilikum shot out of the water, and grabbed her, he thwacked her about and she died from both Drowning and the shaking, lots of families were at the underwater veiwng tank, and seen the entire thing, the UW Veiwnd tank, is like a massive window were u can see wat is hapening

Posted by : Arta Date Added: 9/13/2013 2:06:14 PMreport this post 
My guess is that someone has fogoate of what happened. And, it's probably the family that has released the fogoate of what happened moments before the attack. At the very end of this video which was taken in a restaurant right by the water where the attack started, EVERYONE in the place gets up at exactly the same time and you can tell that something is wrong. I don't think it's morbid at all to see what happened, and quite frankly as a member of Joe Q. Public who might someday want to take her future children to Sea World, I want to see what I could be getting myself into. The whale that attacked and killed her trainer, Tilly is the father of some of the whales who do in fact swim in the shows. I have no problem with people who want to go live with wild bears, and say that they love them and the feeling is mutual, until one of them gets too old and hungry to eat salmon and turns on the man-bear to eat him for dinner. I wasn't there to see it, and neither were any children. It's quite a different story when this violence occurs in front of children and adults who paid a hefty price for admission. It's just a matter of time before it happens it again. It might take 30 years, but it will happen again. Someone has the fogoate, and if they do, they probably just won a small fortune because there is absolutely NO WAY Sea World is going to allow the public to watch it. By the way, I have just re-watched the video minutes before her death and they all mysteriously end before you see the horrified people in the restaurant who look like the place has just been set on fire. As of yesterday, the final seconds of the video showed the whale with Dawn in its mouth, swimming away, not underwater yet, but you can kind of tell that Dawn knows something is wrong yet doesn't want to alarm anyone. It then shows the scene of the restaurant and everyone is rushing as if something has gone terribly wrong. And, at this moment these people just shut off their video camera? I'm having a hard time buying that. If anyone has video, it is the public's right to see it. Sea World should release their video too. The PUBLIC has a right to see it. And, in those first seconds after the attack why was the thing not stunned or shot? Why is their safety protocol a net? It reminds me of the Titanic, where the lifeboats aren't needed so why have them? Something went wrong with the safety protocols of Sea World that it took over 20 minutes to get her out of its mouth. How does that happen? Why was Tilly not stunned/ tranquilized at from the very beginning? Maybe, Dawn would be here today if it weren't for lax safety protocols. I would like to see this investigated

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