Blackfish at Tiff Lightbox (81% rating on Rotten Tomatoes!)

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A hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, this engrossing and emotionally wrenching documentary examines our fascination with and fear of the majestic orca, and the shocking conditions which these awe-inspiring creatures are subjected to in marine amusement parks around the world.

Note: Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2013, Official Selection, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival 2013Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas (a.k.a. killer whales) leap out of the water in performances at marine parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. 

Yet even as they are beloved as majestic, friendly giants, the mighty mammals are also notorious for their capacity to kill with extraordinary ruthlessness and ferocity — which the marine-park industry has perverted from survival instinct to homicidal impulse. Featuring shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts, the essential new documentary Blackfish examines the cruel treatment of orcas held in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable marine-park industry. 

Emotionally wrenching and tautly structured, Blackfish challenges us to reconsider our relationship to nature, and reveals how little we have learned from these highly intelligent fellow mammals.

Meetup time: 6:30pm ( I will wait until 6:40)

Movie starts: 7:00pm

Cost: $13.00

Hope some of you can make it.

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Cellphones must be turned off or kept in silent mode (no sound and no vibration) and MUST NOT be glanced at or used under any circumstances once previews have started, if you must use the phone please leave the auditorium to do so. Use of your cell phone once previews have started could result in your removal from the group.

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  • Sophie

    Awesome documentary. I look forward to what else is coming up at TIFF-- great venue, and always top-notch films!

    August 1, 2013

  • Kathy M

    I thought this was a very well made documentary. Definitely thought provoking and edited in a way that kept your interest. I appreciated the use of both archival footage and insider interviews to tell the story. I think it's the kind of movie that should be seen by anybody who's considering visiting Marineland or SeaWorld in particular so they can make an informed decision about supporting any of these venues. Also, it was great to meet everybody who attended and I had an awesome time!!!

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Aliza

    Oops-wrong day

    July 31, 2013

  • Kathy M

    Hi everybody, I'm so happy to see there's interest in this movie and I'm excited to see you all on Wednesday :)

    July 29, 2013

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