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DVD review: 'Blackfish' makes case against orcas in captivity

Published November 11, 2013 9:27 am

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Grade • A

DVD • Seen first at this year's Sundance Film Festival and later splashed all over CNN, Gabriela Cowperthwaite's documentary "Blackfish" is a damning examination of corporate greed with lethal consequences.

The movie lines up the evidence of mistreatment and neglect suffered by orcas held captive in aquatic amusement parks — particularly the SeaWorld parks.

The focus is on the bull killer whale Tilikum, who has been implicated in three human deaths over his captive life, including trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 at SeaWorld Orlando.

Through interviews with former trainers, and harrowing footage, "Blackfish" makes the case that the whales' most dangerous encounters are with humans who see the animals not as living beings but as black-and-white money machines. —

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