Blackfish – DVD review

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Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 2013


Like the killer whales that are the subject of this expertly stitched-together documentary, the case argued by a series of witnesses seems black and white: corralled in concrete pools at Seaworld theme parks, separated from their young and denied their natural sociable habits, the creatures sometimes go psychotic – and kill their trainers.

One in particular, named Tilikum, has killed three times. This disturbing film, featuring testimony from former Seaworld employees and gruesome attack footage, sets out its argument calmly and convincingly.

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