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There is something chilling and yet strangely beautiful about the image of a killer whale haunting its prey. Perhaps even more so when the prey is a human.

The complex story behind these images is unravelled in Blackfish, a documentary about Tilikum, the performing killer whale that killed several people whilst in captivity. The film reveals the highly emotional and developed nature of orca society, and how natural instincts can become misplaced when these majestic animals are mistreated.

Using a combination of interviews and archival footage, Tilikum’s story is told without judgment or bias. Rather, filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite, comments on humanity’s relationship with nature and our inability to control it. (ATS)

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