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Documentary directed by Louie Psihoyos, deals with the bloody slaughter of dolphins in Taiji. (2009) (Japan).
The film was directed by former National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos. Portions of the film were secretly shot during 2007, using underwater microphones and high-definition cameras disguised as rocks.
The documentary won the United States Audience Award at the 25th Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. It was selected from 879 submissions for the category. On March 7, 2010, The Cove won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
The film also reports on Japan's alleged "buying" of votes in the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The film notes that while Dominica has withdrawn from the IWC, Japan has recruited the following nations to its whaling agenda: Cambodia, Ecuador, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Kiribati, Laos, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. At the end of the film, O'Barry marches to a Commission meeting carrying a television that shows images of the dolphin slaughter in Taiji. O'Barry walks around the crowded meeting room, showing the images until he's kicked out.