Friday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Blackfish (2013) Documentary feature; Rated PG-13; 80 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Dawn Brancheau, a veteran trainer at the well-known Orlando, Florida water park Sea World, lost her life when she was attacked by Tilikum, a bull orca (or "killer whale") weighing ten thousand pounds who was a regular attraction at the park. Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite began researching the lives of orcas in captivity after the death of Dawn Brancheau, and in this documentary she offers a powerful and provocative look at a remarkable breed of animals humans still don't fully understand, and how the financial interests of water parks and resorts may run counter to the best interests of the animals they put on display.
"It not only delivers astonishing, suspenseful footage that makes it a legitimate thriller, but also serves up thoughtful meditations about using wild animals for our own entertainment." -- David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
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