environmental film

6 Fascinating Films for Hot Summer Weekends

Pop some organic popcorn, settle into the couch, and prepare to be entertained, amused, shocked, and inspired by these fantastic environmental documentaries.

By Emily Main


#5: THE COVE (2009)

You may have heard about this Oscar-winning documentary on Japanese dolphin hunts when the movie debuted in theaters last fall. If you didn't catch it then, it's still worth a look. In the film, the directors follow a team of activists that includes Richard O'Barry, the former dolphin trainer on the TV series Flipper (who now advocates for humane treatment of the animals), as they attempt to document a brutal tactic employed by tuna fishermen. The fishermen corral dolphins into a hidden cove off the coast of Japan where dolphins are either slaughtered or captured and sold to aquariums and other marine entertainment facilities. The film also exposes how dolphin meat is collected from the cove and fed to Japanese schoolchildren, a practice made particularly disturbing by the fact that dolphin meat is exceedingly high in brain-damaging mercury as a result of animals' preference for tuna (the reason the fishermen like to get rid of them in the first place). The Cove is not for the squeamish, but any lover of dolphins will probably want to take a look at how such intelligent and seemingly friendly animals are treated, not just in Japan, but around the world.

Published on: July 29, 2010
Updated on: June 24, 2011

Another film for the summer

Also please check out a film called " Asparagus : A Stalkumentary " by Anne DeMere and Kirsten Kelly . It is a fascinating look at the American asparagus community and the devastating effect the American economy and the war on drugs as played on it and the optimism and diligence of the community affected .


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