Killer whales pit filmmakers against SeaWorld

If you think that documentary films with an activist slant rarely have an impact on the real world, you’d better think again. A new American film about killer whales has led to a public spat between the filmmakers and the company their film targets.

Blackfish, which has been shortlisted for a 2014 documentary Oscar, tells the story of orcas in captivity, focusing on the conditions under which these amazing animals are captured, kept, trained and used in public performances at a range of SeaWorld theme parks in the US.

Watch the trailer here:

Part investigative eco doccie, part heart-stopping thriller, Blackfish tries to get to the bottom of a series of incidents in which SeaWorld orcas have hurt and even killed their own trainers. The result is an astonishing, must-see film that offers a rare look behind the glitz and glamour at SeaWorld.

And clearly there’s lots that the company would rather not have its visitors see. They’ve published statements against the film and taken out ads in major US newspapers to which the filmmakers and others, including the Oceanic Preservation Society which gave us the phenomenal 2009 Oscar winner The Cove , have responded.

Watch this space and fingers crossed that Blackfish makes it to South Africa!

 

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