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Screening: The Cove

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Release Date: 2009-12-16

Environmental thriller The Cove won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2009 (it’s also shortlisted for an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature). In the film, Ric O’ Barry, an activist who formerly captured and trained the five dolphins that played “Flipper,” leads a covert mission to investigate the killing practices of dolphin hunters in the town of Taiji, Japan. In Taiji, dolphins are not only captured and sold for entertainment purposes; they (along with whales) are also eaten. The Cove has been described as “one of the most audacious and perilous operations in the history of the conservation movement,” and the film has already made a direct impact on dolphin hunting in Japan. To read more, check out the Current’s review (“Blood in the water,” August 19 at $9, 7:30 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes, 1255 S.W. Loop 410,

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