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The Cove (2009)

Documentary, Biography, Crime |.

The Cove is a documentary film directed by Louie Psihoyos which analyzes and questions dolphin hunting practices in Japan. It was awarded the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. The film is a call to action to halt mass dolphin kills and captures, change Japanese fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about captivity and the risks, and increasing hazard, of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat. The film is told from an ocean conservationist’s point of view.

The film highlights the fact that the number of dolphins killed in the Taiji dolphin drive hunting is several times greater than the number of whales killed in the Antarctic, and asserts that 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year by the country’s whaling industry. The migrating dolphins are herded into a cove where they are netted off, the young and pretty are then captured to be sold to the oceanariums and dolphinariums around the world, the rest are brutally slaughtered. The film argues that dolphin hunting as practiced in Japan is unnecessary and cruel.

The film follows former dolphin trainer and activist Ric O’Barry’s quest to document the dolphin hunting operations in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan. In the 1960s, O’Barry helped capture and train the five wild dolphins who shared the role of “Flipper” in the hit television series of the same name. The show, very popular, fueled widespread public adoration of dolphins, influencing the development of marine parks that included dolphins in their attractions. After one of the dolphins, in O’Barry’s opinion, committed a form of suicide in his arms by closing her blowhole voluntarily in order to suffocate, O’Barry came to see the dolphin’s captivity and the dolphin capture industry as a curse, not a blessing. Days later, he was arrested off the island of Bimini, attempting to cut a hole in the sea pen in order to set free a captured dolphin…

Director: Louie Psihoyos

Writer: Mark Monroe

Stars: Richard O’Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff, Joji Morishita, Ian Campbell, Paul Watson


Richard O’BarrySelf
Louie PsihoyosSelf
Hardy JonesSelf
Michael IlliffSelf
Joji MorishitaSelf
Ian CampbellSelf
Paul WatsonSelf
Doug DeMasterSelf
Dave RastovichSelf / Surfer
Charles HambletonSelf
Hayato SakuraiSelf
Kazutaka SangenSelf
Simon HutchinsSelf
Joe ChisholmSelf
Mandy-Rae CruikshankSelf / Freediver
Kirk KrackSelf / Freediver
Roger PayneSelf
Hideki MoronukiSelf
Dan GoodmanSelf
Tetsuya EndoSelf
C. Scott BakerSelf
Brook AitkenSelf
John PotterSelf
John FullerSelf
Atherton MartinSelf
Deborah BassettSurfer
Steven BarilottiSurfer
Shannon Sol CarrollSurfer
Howie CookeSurfer
James CoxSurfer
Hannah FraserSurfer
Peter HellerSurfer
Justin KrumbSurfer
Chris LaneSurfer
Andrew LucasSurfer
Karlee MackieSurfer
Owen J. NewcombSurfer
Jeff PantukhoffSurfer
Karina PetroniSurfer
James PribhamSurfer
Kuni TakanamiSurfer
Angie DavisSurfer
James TrigloneSurfer
Lesley VogelSurfer
Isabel LucasSelf – Whateman Foundation / Save the Whales
Hayden PanettiereSelf – Whateman Foundation / Save the Whales
Greg ‘Moondog’ MooneySelf
Hans Peter RothSelf

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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