Tilikum in a scene from BLACKFISH, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
While marine mammal captivity is outside the core mission of Surfrider Foundation, many of our members may be interested in the film Blackfish. This film may have graphic footage and may not be suitable for young audiences.
WHEN: The film is showing on Friday, August 2, 2013. Showtimes are at 12:55 | 3:00 | 5:05 | 7:15 | 9:30. If you want to meet as a group, please attend the 7:15pm show.
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. - See more at: http://www.magpictures.com/blackfish/#sthash.1zHFAMhe.dpuf