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15.-21. januar 2018

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THE COVE has been labelled as both documentary and thriller, and is one of those rare documentaries to break out and make international headlines. Made in Hollywood style, the film doesn’t only portray a group of sea mammal activists, but is itself a vehicle for the same cause: to shut down the dolphin hunt of the Japanese town of Taiji. The Taiji hunt is not a pretty view on camera. By using sonar sounds, great herds of dolphins are driven into a narrow cove which is then shut off. Marine Theme Parks pick out their favourites, which are transported out to be trained for shows. The rest of the dolphins are slaughtered from small boats with knives and harpoons.

THE COVE received the Academy Award for best documentary feature, but has also been accused of being not only biased but outright propaganda. Since its release, a few other films have tried to nuance the picture of Taiji, one of which is A WHALE OF A TALE, also presented at the festival.

 
Program: 
Director: 
Louie Psihoyos
Screenplay: 
Mark Monroe
Photography: 
Brook Aitken
Actors: 
Richard O’Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Paul Watson
Run time: 
1 hour 32 min
Year: 
2009
Country: 
USA
Producer: 
Paula DuPré Pesmen, Fisher Stevens
Sales: 
Nonstop Entertainment
Age rating: 
15
Director info: 

Louie Psihoyos (b. 1957), a licensed scuba diver and an award-winning photographer, is especially well known for his work for National Geographic. He established the organization Ocean Preservation Society in 2005, whose goal is to educate the public on the state of the oceans and motivate individuals to take responsibility for the environment on the behalf of future generations.