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The Walrus and the Whistleblower (2020)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 28 August 2020 (Canada)
An animal trainer becomes an unlikely whistleblower and is sued for $1.5 million for plotting to steal a walrus, falling down the rabbit hole of a personal quest while a larger movement grows to end marine mammal captivity.

Director:

Nathalie Bibeau

Writers:

Nathalie Bibeau (Writer), Christina Clark (story editor)
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Credited cast:
Phil Demers Phil Demers ... Self
Doug Draper Doug Draper ... Self - Local Journalist
John Holer John Holer ... Self - Marineland Owner (archive footage)
Jimmy Kimmel ... Self (archive footage)
Peter Mansbridge Peter Mansbridge ... Self (archive footage)
Elizabeth May Elizabeth May ... Self - Bill S-203 Sponser, House of Commons
Joe Rogan ... Self (archive footage)
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An animal trainer becomes an unlikely whistleblower and is sued for $1.5 million for plotting to steal a walrus, falling down the rabbit hole of a personal quest while a larger movement grows to end marine mammal captivity.

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Documentary

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Trivia

Marineland did not agree to participate in this film. Despite several attempts. See more »

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Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Performed by Patrick Watson
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There's two sides - compassion and ignorance
6 December 2020 | by yankeefan-69301See all my reviews

There will be plenty of reviews that analyze this film from a technical standpoint, without diving much into what actually makes this a wonderful film. It's pretty simple, they outline Phil Demers' fight, and Marinelands way of silencing him.

Phil will never be silenced. As easy as that. Marineland is basically an heartless corporation at its core that does not actually care for anything in that park other than themselves....and their wallets of course.

You're either on the side of compassion - which means you care for these intelligent beings and wish for them to have never been captive in the first place, or you're on the side of ignorance - meaning you're being willfully Ignorant to the horrors that take place behind the walls of that "park" and believe this is necessary to save animals. These animals didn't need saving. They were stolen from their homes. Or you are lacking any and all compassion for a living being you believe is solely put on this Earth to entertain you.

The documentary brings chills and emotion and you truly feel sadness throughout the timeline of the film as they bring up countless instances of abuse, death, and neglect. One scene that will stick with me is when Zeus, a Walrus, is confirmed to have died. Marineland says there was no sign of health problems or neglect. Then we see footage of a clearly skinny, malnutritioned, and probably deeply depressed ocean animal living in a cement cage with chipped paint on the hard cement floor. Last time I checked, the only people who should be in cages are criminals, who committed acts against the law, not animals who have zero understanding as to why they are not in their natural habitat, some of which will never even know what their natural habitat should be..

Give it a watch. Whether you're an animal activist, someone who hates seeing animals treated so poorly, or one of the willfully ignorant folks who may not understand the horrors taking place. You'll either watch and confirm your belief and continue to fight against this evil, or maybe your willful ignorance will be broken through and you'll see the truth.


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Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2020 (Canada) See more »

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Budget:

CAD1,054,000 (estimated)
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Bunbury Films See more »
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Dolby Digital (RCA Sound Recording)

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