Blackfish is one of the original and most compelling stories of whale captivity. It 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.
Read the original article that inspired Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite here.
Watch a clip of Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite and producer Manny Oteyza speaking to Dogwoof about the Blackfish journey here
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