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Release Date: July 19th, 2013

DVD Release Date: November 12th, 2013

PG-13|1 hr 23 min

Plot Summary
The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man's relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals.

Cast: Tilikum , John Hargrove, Samantha Berg, Mark Simmons, Kim Ashdown, Dean Gomersall

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Manny O Productions

Distributors: Magnolia Pictures

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  • Very few of us would like to think about the physical and emotional toll that life in captivity takes on these magnificent creatures. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's powerful, heartbreaking, and beautifully crafted documentary, Blackfish, forces us to do just that. show more

  • Focusing on the notoriously aggressive orca Tilikum, this gripping film presents a persuasive case against keeping the species – and by extension any wild animal – in captivity for the purposes of human entertainment. show more

  • More persuasively still, Blackfish — an Indian name for orcas — argues against the very concept of quasiamusement parks like SeaWorld that turn giant creatures meant for the wild into hemmed-in, penned-up entertainers. show more

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