2014 Films: Blackfish

(USA | 2013 | 82 min | Dir: Gabriela Cowperthwaite)

Friday 28 March 2014 8:30 pm – SA Premiere –

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.

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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.



Dr Patrick Garratt, the Managing Director of Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium and Helen Lockhart, who heads up the Two Oceans Aquarium’s Communications & Sustainability team, participated in an informal audience discussion after the screening.

Courtesy of the director and NBCUniversal.

Screened with First Light.

Visit the Blackfish website.