Blackfish | Indy Week


Rated PG-13 90 min. 2013

In the first 10 or 15 minutes of this killer whale documentary, there's one basic, extremely worthy conclusion we'll draw: Humans should not keep orcas in captivity. But instead of continuing its inquiry into existential questions about humans and the non-humans we dominate, Gabriela Cowperthwaite's film turns out to be a rather conventional 60 Minutes-style exposé of Sea World's workplace safety record. The safety of marine park employees may not be a trivial matter, but the film's focus on this issue means that it largely elides discussion of our fundamental relationship with the beasts of the global wild.

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Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Writer: Gabriela Cowperthwaite and Eli B. Despres

Producer: Manuel Oteyza

Cast: Kim Ashdown, Ken Balcomb, Samantha Berg, Dawn Brancheau, Dave Duffus, Daniel Patrick Dukes, Howard Garrett, Dean Gomersall, John Hargrove and Carol Ray



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