The Cove To Be Shown At Tokyo International Film Festival

Great news - The Cove, the documentary about dolphin hunting in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture, will be shown at TIFF here in Japan. It is the first chance for a Japanese audience to see the film.

"The Cove" had been widely reported to have been refused by TIFF, but it was confirmed just prior to the finalization of the lineup. The film, shot by National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, displays footage of dolphins being corralled and then killed by sharpened poles in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. It has not yet been screened in Japan.

Regarding the documentary, the chairman said that TIFF very strongly believes in freedom of expression. "We were subjected to some criticism from some parts of the media about perhaps engaging in censorship," he said. "I would like to make it absolutely clear that we do not censor any works in any way."


TIF chairman Tatsumi “Tom” Yoda said at a press luncheon that it is very important for TIF to not only screen high-quality films from around the globe but to also educate the world about environmental issues.

From The Tokyo Reporter: Tokyo film fest to emphasize eco theme, screen controversial "The Cove"

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