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About the Movie
BLACKFISH tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar 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. A mesmerising psychological thriller, BLACKFISH shows how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits.
Incredibly important film.
For anyone who hasn't seen this documentary, I couldn't recommend it more; I was moved to tears and heart-stoppingly shocked, and after months still can't stop thinking about it. Really important and brilliantly executed documentary, that at times feels more like a blockbuster thriller. Compelling, thought-provoking, devastating. 5 stars!
In one word, this doco is powerful. It brings to light but also the truth to how much these magnificent mammals are suffering in captivity because of greed. I was moved to tears. What an important doco, what an amazing director. We all need to be accutely aware that we are privileged to live amongst animals. Never has it been our right to control them.
I hate watching stories about humans treating animals badly. Usually i turn them off as I feel powerless and kind of ashamed to be part of the race that can do such things to defenceless creatures.
But these animals punched through the screen and revealed such Human traits that I was fascinated by there balance of Power
and Emotion, to keep them penned in such a way and have them perform on cue is insanity personified. A must watch for any nature lover.