Media Room



Tue, Apr 30 7:00 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre

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Thu, May 2 2:00 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre

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Fri, May 3 9:15 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

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83 minutes | USA  | (Subtitled) English Spanish  | Canadian Premiere | Rating: PG

Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite began investigating the death of a trainer who was dragged to her death during a “Dine with Shamu” show at SeaWorld. She soon found the initial story gave way to a far more shocking and further-reaching situation that plumbed the depths of a billion-dollar industry. A killer whale linked to three trainer deaths over two decades, Tilikum is the backbone of the story presented in Blackfish. However, Cowperthwaite discovered it wasn’t just this particular whale—there have been multiple cases of orca attacks on trainers in parks around the world, although never in the wild. Featuring testimonies from experts and trainers, and with never-before-seen footage, Blackfish artfully and powerfully explores the complex relationship we have with entertainment and nature, and the repercussions of keeping these sensitive and intelligent creatures in captivity. Charlotte Cook

Media Coverage

Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Manuel V. Oteyza

Executive Producer(s)
Judy Bart
Erica Kahn
Rick Brookwell

Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Eli Despres

Jon Ingalls
Chris Towey

Eli Despres

Jeff Beal

Jeff Stone

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