Review of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC from 4 April to 7 April 2019 including select films: Breakthrough, Buddy, Knock Down the House, Hail Satan?, and Ask Dr. Ruth.
Blackfish tells a compelling story and presents disturbing evidence of the negative effects of captivity on orcas. Picking up where the post-Free Willy activist swell of the 90s left off, Blackfish lays out the history of the captive orcas from capture in the wild through to modern artificial insemination breeding. Along the way filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite highlights some important differences in the scientific community’s knowledge of the killer whale and SeaWorld’s talking points.
This weekend was a whirlwind of activity. A large event at the wildlife conservation organization I volunteer at on Saturday, followed by staff meetings and a massive Halloween party, consumed most of my waking hours. Jake has been traveling to see his family and wish his Grandfather a happy birthday this weekend, so I am left to my own devices. A terrifying thought. (Fear not, he is returning this evening!)