Cove director releases graphic videos of dolphin hunt

2014-04-02 09:37
Screen grab of never before seen footage of a dolphin hunt in Japan. (Vimeo)

Screen grab of never before seen footage of a dolphin hunt in Japan. (Vimeo)

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Cape Town – The director of the controversial documentary The Cove has released graphic footage of a number of dolphins being slaughtered in Japan, footage that was too haunting for the film.

According to the Huffington Post the main reason director Louie Psihoyos decided to release the footage now is directly related to an article that was printed in Newsweek magazine.

The article focuses on the annual dolphin hunt that happens in Taiji, Japan. This hunt was the main focus of the documentary made by Psihoyos in 2009.

In the documentary Psihoyos films a group of activists who were on a secret mission to reveal the shocking slaughter that happens in Taiji.

The Newsweek article particularly looked at the Taiji villagers after the movie was made and how their lives have changed.

The villagers argue that they were harassed by the filmmakers of The Cove and that their tradition was exploited.

The villagers allege that footage from the movie was altered. Specifically, they suggest that the water in the movie was altered to further emphasise the slaughter.

The villagers argue that the water is never that red during the killing and that producers added fake colouring or special effects to make the scene look more graphic and gruesome.

The filmmakers of The Cove deny this.

Psihoyos retaliated on his blog, he stated that the Newsweek’s article had false information and insisted that every story has two sides. He also argued that the articles author, Bill Powell, did not accurately fact check.

Psihoyos denied that he or his crew added enhanced colour to the water. He stated that he captured footage that was so shocking and gruesome it could not be shown to the public and therefore left it out of his film.

He additionally states that if he added the footage it would have been too damning for the fisherman.

In the footage according to Psihoyos one can see the dolphins on the beach, tied together and writhing in order to be released.

Psihoyos decided to release this footage in order to emphasise the brutality of the slaughter.

Below is one of the four never before seen videos. To see all four click here.


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