What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is the 2009 Oscar winner for Best Documentary. It contains brief, but disturbing and gruesome imagery around the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Though the movie contains a plethora of information about dolphins, the arc of the story focuses on the dangerous attempts to gather proof of the dolphin slaughters. The movie is informative, interesting, and inspiring, but contains shocking pictures: blood-red water, fishermen striking blows, and dolphins struggling and dying. Also, there's an almost constant tension in the film, an ever-present threat of violence. The goal of the movie is to inspire audiences that something can be done, but sensitive and younger viewers might wish to avoid it.
- Families can talk about the disturbing and violent images in the film. Was it necessary to show them?
- Are Ric O'Barry's methods to save the dolphins drastic, or are they appropriate? What else could people do to help?
- If the dolphins are smarter than humans, what types of things might they teach us?
- What other atrocities are happening in the world in the name of greed and profit? What are some of the other ways we can stop them?