As a vegan and a devout animal rights activist, it is my duty to show this ultra-revealing trailer for the documentary Blackfish. This expose of sorts, follows the life of Tilikum, a killer whale at Sea World in Orlando, that’s responsible for the deaths of three of it’s trainers. The film has that same level of pain and anguish I felt while watching The Cove, but the truth is, reality isn’t always pretty and if it hurts, it’s probably because it’s something you need to see. As with any story about animal rights it is what has inspired me to speak out about a lot of the cruelty going on, not only in our oceans, but on land. Until a level of respect and dignity is given back to those who’ve given too much the balance will never be restored.
Blackfish is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and will be released by Magnolia Pictures July 19th.
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 have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.