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Out of Sight
Hiding in the Light
The Cell: The Hidden Kingdom
Why We Ride
Extreme Orbits - Clockwork and Creation
Only the Dead
D-Day: As it Happens (1)
The World Set Free
In the Shadow of the Moon
The Roof of the World
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Inequality for All
How to Stay Young The Brain
Cooked: Water
The Science of Doctor Who
Neanderthal 2
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
Why Do We Dream
South Pacific Fragile Paradise
LIfe Animated
Light Speed
Erasing Dad
Sunken Ship Rescue
What is the Secret of Life
Next of Kin
Alien Planets
The Vikings Uncovered
Frozen Planet: The Last Frontier
Science Britannica: Frankenstein Monsters
St Peter and the Papal Basilicas of Rome
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Asia and Australia
The Search for a New Earth
Fractals Hunting the Hidden Dimension
Life: Fish

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Blackfish 2013

The documentary focuses on the captivity of Tilikum, an orca involved in the deaths of three individuals, and the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity. It includes his capture in 1983 off the coast of Iceland, and purported harassment by fellow captive orcas at Sealand of the Pacific, incidents that Cowperthwaite argues contributed to the orca's aggression. 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.

Category:Nature  Duration:01:23:00   

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