Included with your BLACKFISH ticket: Wed, Jun 3, 7pm CDT, a Live Q&A with director Gabriela Cowperthwaite. (Charity: GiveDirectly’s COVID relief fund)
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Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet the mighty “killer whale” has many sides — a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly able to turn on them at a moment's notice.
BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, exploring the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who took the lives of several people while in captivity. What went wrong? This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature — and reveals how little we humans truly know about these highly intelligent, and surprisingly sentient, fellow mammals that are beyond our control.
“Riveting… It blurs the distinction between procedural thriller, empathetic psychological portrait and call-to-action.” —Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times “It not only delivers astonishing, suspenseful footage that makes it a legitimate thriller, but also serves up thoughtful meditations about using wild animals for our own entertainment.” —David Lewis, San Francisco Gate “A mesmerizing psychological thriller with a bruised and battered killer whale at its center… Righteous, captivating and entirely successful as single-issue-focused documentaries go, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s film draws on startling video footage and testimonies from former orca trainers, building an authoritative argument on behalf of this majestic species.” —Justin Chang, Variety
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