The Cove wins Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival
The feature-length documentary The Cove was shown to standing ovations at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, winning the coveted Audience Award. Using underwater microphones and cameras disguised as rocks, Director Louis Psihoyos captured vivid footage of the annual dolphin kill in Taiji, Japan, in 2007. Ric O’Barry, long-time activist, is featured, along with a team of elite cinematographers and free divers who manage to penetrate the closely guarded site of the slaughter. Combining adventure and advocacy, the film reveals how the dolphin hunt is linked to health threats from mercury-laden meat and to the international trade in trained animals.