The Cove is not a take-your-medicine documentary. It’s a gripping adventure film, and it will stick with you.
For more than 25 years, Japan has been fighting the restrictions around “harvesting” whales. But even those restrictions overlook Japan’s annual slaughter of more than 23,000 dolphins and subsequent marketing of mercury-contaminated dolphin meat as whale meat, a horrifying secret most Japanese don’t even realize.
Activist Rick O’Barry, who trained the dolphins used for the TV show Flipper, came to realize these conscious and highly communicative mammals don’t deserve to be exploited for entertainment. He’s spent the last 25 years trying to make up for the popularization of dolphins that followed the success of Flipper. When he learned of the wholesale slaughter of dolphins in a secret cove in Taiji, Japan, he asked for help in exposing the tragedy.
O’Barry’s friend, director Louie Psihoyos, brought in a crack team of experts to penetrate the tight security around the Taiji cove. In the style of a heart-pounding suspense thriller, the film takes us along as divers sneak cameras and underwater microphones into the secret area. The stakes are high: perhaps a year in prison. These aren’t weekend activists; they are the very definition of commitment. And when they bring back the evidence, the world must take action.
You’ll want to see this academy nominated film before it’s gone.
Lainie Turner – Darkside Cinema
January 15th & 16th
Artistic Producing Director
Auburn Public Theater