USA, 2013
Directed by:

Dir.: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Prod.: Manuel Oteyza
Scr.: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli B. Despres
Phot.: Jonathan Ingalls, Christopher Towey
Ed.: Eli Despres
Music: Jeff Beal
Distributor: Dogwoof
83 mins.

At Seaworld California lives Tilikum, the biggest orca in captivity. The documentary begins in the aftermath of this 6000 kilogram mammal’s latest three kills. Given the fact that Tilikum ate Dawn Brancheau, a Seaworld trainer deemed to be the best and most reliable in the business, one could assume that the orca lives up to its moniker “The Killer Whale”. Going beyond wishful thinking and easy answers, Blackfish sees the orca as more than just a savage creature made of muscle, bone and gigantic teeth, and explains how Tilikum was captured 30 years ago, how he was kept in pitch black as an infant in containers, bullied by other captured whales and how he has lived for 25 years in a pool comparable to the size of a bathtub. By exploring Tilikum’s case, »Blackfish« casts a disturbing light on mankind’s troubling urge to lock animals in small cages for our own amusement – and how we are not always willing to face the consequences of this.

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