July 12th, 2013
Two of the former Seaworld trainers featured in Blackfish took to Reddit for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) where users sent in their questions. You can read the full session with Samantha Berg and John Hargrove here, but here are a few of our highlights from the discussion:
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the mulit-billion dollar 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.