“The Cove” Bags Oscar As Best Feature Documentary

March 8th, 2010 - 8:59 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
cobeLos Angeles, Mar 8, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Louie Psihoyos directed documentary “The Cove” grabbed the Oscar for the best feature documentary in the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony which was held in Los Angeles last night. The critically acclaimed movie focuses on the controversial and gruesome hunt of dolphins in a town in Japan.

While reacting to the recognition conferred on the documentary, producer Fischer Stevens added that it was an honor to be a part of the movie that not only entertains the viewers but also enlightens them about a pertinent issue. Although the documentary did not receive widespread appreciation in the United States, winning the much coveted Academy award was something that made the makers of the documentary highly proud. The movie, which has been directed by Louie Psihoyos, an esteemed photographer, tells the tale of dolphin killing in the Japanese town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture.

At the same time, the recognition was all the more special for the producers of the documentary as it came just days after the distributors have declared that the movie would be released in Japan during the later part of the year, for the very first time. As of now, the documentary has been screened only in selected countries such as United States and Australia among others.

However, the film has sparked widespread controversy due to its disturbing content, as it follows the group of activists who clash with fisherman as well as Japanese police, to gain entry to the cove where dolphins are hunted. The film has also attracted the ire of Japanese authorities who claim that dolphin killing is part of a Japanese tradition.

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