Sundance Festival: The Cove

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Standing ovations greeted the judges' verdict Sunday that the documentary "The Cove" had won a prestigious award at the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Directed by former National Geographic photographer Louis Psihoyos, "The Cove" was made secretly throughout 2007 using underwater microphones and high-definition cameras disguised as rocks, and with a camouflaged camera crew hidden on headlands, according to The Japan Times."Once the Japanese people see 'The Cove,' I believe they will put a stop to the most ghastly slaughter of animals on the planet — animals whose meat is dangerously high in mercury," Louis Psihoyos said.

Ric O'Barry, director of Save Japan Dolphins coalition and a marine mammal expert who trained dolphins for the famed "Flipper" TV series, told the audience: "We love Japan and we love the Japanese people and they have a right to know the truth. Up to now, the lone voice in Japan has been through The Japan Times, with guys like reporter Boyd Harnell and editor Andrew Kershaw getting the word out."

For the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, 118 feature-length films were selected including 87 world premieres, 19 North American premieres, and 4 U.S. premieres representing 21 countries with 42 firsttime filmmakers, including 28 in competition. These films were selected from 3,661 feature- length film submissions composed of 1,905 U.S. and 1,756 international feature-length films. I'm impressed that The Cove got the attention in the U.S. that it deserves. How can we make it happen here in Japan as well... 20,000 dolphins are killed in Japanese waters each year. Meanwhile, how about a thought (and a prayer) for the millions of cows, pigs and chicken slaughtered every day, all around the world.

More dolphins:
How to Catch a Dolphin Killer in the Act
Heroes Star Tries to Stop Dolphin Hunt in Japan
R.I.P. China's Baiji: The First Dolphin To Be Made Extinct By People

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