The Cove
Film Title (Original): The Cove
Film Title (Spanish):
Film Title (In English): The Cove
Country Of Origin: U.S.
Year Of Completion: 2009
Running Time: 94 Minutes
Language: English
Subtitles: By DRGFF
Rating: PG-13
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Executive Producers: Jim Clark
Producers: Paula DuPre Pesmen, Fisher Stevens
Screenwriter: Mark Monroe
Cinematographer: Brook Aitken
Editor: Geoffrey Richman
Music: J. Ralph
Cast: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Simon Hutchins, Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, Kirk Krack, David Rastovich, Scott Baker.
2009 Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award
2009 Hot Docs Film Festival, Audience Award
2009 Silverdocs Film Festival, Audience Award
2009 Seattle International Film Festival, Audience Award
2009 Sydney Film Festival, Audience Award
2009 Galway Film Fleadh, Best Documentary

Louie Psihoyos is widely regarded as one of the top photographers in the world. He was hired directly out of college to shoot for National Geographic and created images for the yellow-bordered magazine for 18 years. His ability to bring humanity and wit to complicated science stories carries over to his filmmaking. An ardent diver and dive photographer, he feels compelled to show the world the drastic decline of our planet's crucial resource: water.

The Cove begins in Taiji, Japan, where former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry has come to set things right after a long search for redemption. In the 1960s, it was O’Barry who captured and trained the five dolphins that played the title character in the international television sensation “Flipper.” But his close relationship with those dolphins led O’Barry to a radical change of heart. He came to realize that these deeply sensitive, highly intelligent and self-aware creatures so beautifully adapted to life in the open ocean must never be subjected to human captivity again.

But in a remote, glistening cove off the coast of Taiji, surrounded by barbed wire and “Keep Out” signs, lies a dark reality. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt. The nature of what they do is so chilling -- and the consequences are so dangerous to human health -- they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it.

This provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery captured the Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance, Hot Docs, Sydney and Seattle Film Festivals.

III Dominican Republic Global Film Festival - 2009