MESYM Crossover Documentary Series #5: Blackfish

Please note that we have changed the time for the event, it will start at 4 pm.

(Btw, they always have live music performances at night in Merdekarya, so you are welcome to stay and join after our event and enjoy some good music

The MESYM Crossover Documentary Series is held every last Sunday of each month @ Merdekarya. Everyone is invited to come watch the documentary, participate in the discussion, and meet like-minded people. Admission is free, just buy a drink!

For our fifth event, the crossover topic is Animal Captivity. We are screening Blackfish, a 2013 documentary film which focuses on the captivity of Tilikum, a killer whale held by SeaWorld involved in the deaths of three individuals, and the consequences of keeping killer whales in captivity.

We have invited Noreha binti Md Jani to comment on the film and lead the post-film discussion. Noreha is a deeply committed Ocean Activist, running the Save Our Ocean Project, organizing beach clean up and underwater clean up programs/ events on islands all around Malaysia, running campaigns with Say NO to Shark Fin Soup and Save Our Dolphins Project, among other things. 

About Blackfish

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Read the original article that inspired Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite here.


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