The Cove. 2009. USA. Directed by Louie Psihoyos. Each year millions thrill to the astounding feats of dolphins in aquatic parks all over the globe. Many of those dolphins come from Taiji, Japan, a proud, oceanside village that harbors a dark, deeply unsettling secret. On a magnificent, cliff-lined shore is a seemingly tranquil inlet in which many thousands of these extraordinary creatures meet brutal, completely unnecessary ends. Now award-winning National Geographic photographer Louis Psihoyos and an amazing band of professional filmmakers and environmental activists including Richard O'Barry, the man who trained Flipper, go undercover and underwater to reveal the terrible truth of Taiji's dolphin industry. Winner of the Audience Award for documentary at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, The Cove brings the environmental film to astounding new levels of beauty, drama, and urgency. 94 min. Trailer courtesy of the filmmaker
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