Regina Weinreich: Blackfish: Rooting for Killer Whales and Killer Kids in Lost for Life
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It's not likely you'll want to take your kids to SeaWorld after seeing Blackfish, a riveting documentary expose starring former trainers of orca whales, taken from the wild. It is hard to get warm and fuzzy over fish that weigh a few thousand pounds each, no matter how many times they leap to the ball or roll over on command, but once you see the pups separated from their mothers, or hear the sound they make when they grieve, this movie has you by the heartstrings.
At a dinner at Circo on Wednesday night, filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite explained how she got interested in this subject: a mom who took her kids to SeaWorld, she thought, this is fun for the kids, but what is wrong with this picture? And then in 2010, when a trainer was killed by one of the whales in captivity, an attack that was covered up, the victim, a seasoned and beloved trainer blamed for wearing a ponytail, she decided to investigate this world where highly evolved animals are kidnapped from their natur
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