If you’re in the mood to be dazzled by beautiful, curvaceous women, head on over to V/SUAL by Van Styles, but if you’re looking to be informed (a process that, given the state of our society, isn’t always uplifting), watch this trailer for Blackfish, an emotional new documentary on Tilikum, a performing orca whale that killed several people while in captivity. Directed byGabriela Cowperthwaite, the moving feature chronicles the life and history of Tilikum, and offers shocking insight into the tormented psyche of this majestic and highly-intelligent species that has been robbed of its right to rule the ocean and herded into captivity for the gain and profit of the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.
As a child, it’s easy to be blinded by the smoke and mirrors of a lively, tourist-driven economy that relies on money-makers like sea world. With it’s plush, smiling orca stuffed animals and affectionate, bubbly animal trainers, it’s understandable that those who pay the high price of admission are brainwashed into believing that these slick, beautiful beings are splashing around happily and carefree. But the cruel reality is that these ten ton creatures aren’t meant to be imprisoned in glorified bath tubs, and that this captivity has real psychological consequences. Blackfish features never-before-seen footage that puts into perspective our exploitative relationship with nature, and begs the question, how much harm are we, as humans, willing to cause for sheer entertainment? Blackfish is in select theaters now.