The Cove is a 2009 documentary film that shows the annual killing of dolphins in a Quasi-National Park at Taiji, Wakayama, in Japan from an ocean conservationist's point of view. It highlights the fact that the number of dolphins killed in the Taiji dolphin hunting drive is several times greater than the number of whales killed in the Antarctic.
It claims that 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year in the country's whaling industry. The migrating dolphins are usually herded into a hidden cove where they are netted and killed by means of spears and knives over the side of small fishing boats. The film is directed by former National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos.Portions were filmed secretly during 2007 using underwater microphones and high-definition cameras disguised as rocks.
This documentary won the U.S. Audience Award at the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. It was selected out of the 879 submissions in the category.On March 7, 2010, The Cove won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 82nd Academy Awards. Watch this riveting documentary at the Kukuk's Nest North on January 29, 2011 @ 9pm.
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