FILM REVIEWS

 

 

The Cove Movie
Another Very
Inconvenient Truth

www.thecovemovie.com
www.takepart.com/thecove www.SaveJapanDolphins.org
A story told with the drama of what could be one of Hollywood’s best thrillers, the newly-released documentary movie The Cove investigates the pointless real-life genocide being perpetrated to kill thousands of dolphins that are unfortunate enough to swim the watery passages around Taiji, Japan.  

The extreme contrast of this serene site of natural beauty being used to conduct heinous acts of carnage by humans creates a profound sense of surreal disorientation and despair.

Yet the deep courage expressed by activists Rick O’Barry, Louie Psihoyos and the other members of the commando production team that risked their lives to document these grisly secret acts is an inspiring beacon of light raised under the darkest of conditions.
That the team could muster such a level of focus and determination to produce this documentary while being exposed to the cold killing of intelligent beings is testimony to their own extraordinary mastery. The concerted action of this group provides an unparalleled demonstration of compassion in action.

Already the winner of fourteen awards from film festivals both here and abroad, The Cove has drawn considerable attention for its message to galvanize action on behalf of the dolphins. Citizen action is needed to stop the senseless slaughter of thousands more sentient dolphin beings starting in September, when the ‘killing season’ begins, and runs for a six-month span until next March.  

Throughout history, cetaceans have come to the aid of the human species and saved countless lives. The Cove presents a compelling case. Now is the time for conscious members of our species to stop the pre-meditated and predatory bludgeoning of whole pods of dolphins in Japan.
Reviewed by Donna Strong

The Horse Boy
Film by Michel Orion Scott
& Rupert Isaacson

Zeitgeist Films
is proud to announce the New York theatrical premiere of the award-winning The Horse Boy on Wednesday, September 30th at the IFC. The film will open nationally throughout the fall.

How far would you travel to heal your child? An intensely personal yet epic spiritual journey, The Horse Boy follows one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in a desperate attempt to treat his condition with shamanic healing.

When two-year-old Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson, a writer and former horse trainer, and his wife Kristin Neff, a psychology professor, sought the best possible medical care for their son — but traditional therapies had little effect.
Then they discovered that Rowan has a profound affinity for animals — particularly horses — and the family set off on a quest, halfway across the world, in search of healing for their child.

The Horse Boy is part travel adventure, part insight into shamanic tradition and part intimate look at the autistic mind. In telling one family’s extraordinary story, the film gives voice to the thousands who display amazing courage and creativity everyday in the battle against this mysterious and heartbreaking epidemic.

The filmic companion to Isaacson’s best-selling book of the same name and a festival favorite, this ravishing documentary odyssey gives insight into how, in life’s darkest moments, one can find the gateway to joy and wonder.
For more information or show times and locations, visit: www.horseboymovie.com
Reviewed by Susan Jacobs


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