Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, The Cove follows a high-tech dive team on a mission to discover the truth about the international dolphin capture trade as practiced in Taiji, Japan. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide.
The Cove exposes not only the tragedy of dolphin slaughtering in Japan, but also the dangerously high levels of mercury in dolphin meat and seafood, the cruelty in capturing dolphins for entertainment, and the depletion of our oceans fisheries by worldwide seafood consumption. We also see how the mandate of the International Whaling Commission has been manipulated by the Japanese Fisheries Agency for its benefit and its subsequent effect on the rest of the world.
Watch the trailer below:
What the media are saying:
Unfolds like a spy thriller…one of the most audacious and perilous operations in the history of the conservation movement.
Kick ass narrative, surprising twists, heroes you root for, and bad guys you despise…the best caper flick of the year is a documentary
Incredibly moving, scary, riveting. A terrific film. one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in years.
Chris Columbus, Director of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone