Sunday, May 16, 2010

Louie Psihoyos Talks "The Cove" - A Bits and Bites Extra

This year's Academy Award winner for "Best Documentary" is a film called The Cove.  Directed by renowned National Geographic photographer and first-time filmmaker, Louie Psihoyos, the film documents an annual ritual in a small coastal Japanese town called Taiji, in which thousands of dolphins and porpoises are slaughtered by the residents.  The residents even capture dolphins that they sell to U.S. marine mammal parks for upwards of $200,000.

Apparently, there have been efforts on the parts of the Japanese government and the U.S. military to ban and cancel screenings of The Cove in Japan.  Psihoyos gave an interview to Your Call, a daily radio call-in show broadcast in San Francisco and Santa Cruz, in which he discusses The Cove's success, whaling, and environmental issues.  Go here to listen to the interview.

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