Excellence in Media
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2014

Gabriela Cowperthwaite

First time documentary director Gabriela Cowperthwaite created a powerful work of investigative reporting in her widely seen Blackfish. The film takes a close look at important issues of worker safety, corporate duplicity and the treatment of captive whales, following the death of a SeaWorld trainer in 2010, killed by an aggressive bull orca that had been held in captivity for 30 years. Gabriela’s work has led to protests and boycotts over concerns about the treatment of whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife that are used for shows and exhibitions.