Screenings — 24 June 2013 » Written by
BLACKFISH advance screening

ADVANCE SCREENING:  TUESDAY JUNE 25 @ 7:30PM, RITZ AT THE BOURSE

PLUS Q&A WITH DIRECTOR FOLLOWS SCREENING
RSVP: movie.tickets@verizon.net  Subject line: BLACKFISH

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Blackfish poster

Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black and white mammal is like a two-faced Janus—beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who—unlike any orca in the wild—has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong?

Shocking, never before seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Running time: 83 minutes
Rated PG-13
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Ryan Silberstein

Ryan is the co-founder of Filmhash, and has been writing thoughtful film reviews and pop culture commentary on and off for nine years. He spends his days at a company named one of the best to work for in the Philadelphia area. His other interests include comics, exotic coffees, experimental beer, discovering new music, and books.

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