Can Oscar protect dolphins?
March 9, 2010 3:22 AM Subscribe
posted by donkeymon (91 comments total)
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, about the annual dolphins slaughter in Taiji, Japan, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. However, the movie has only been screened once in Japan, during the Tokyo International Film Festival in October. Reaction from the town
is a combination of "We're not doing anything wrong" and "It's none of your business what we do" with the added refrain of "We're protecting our cultural traditions" which is already familiar to anti-whaling activists and the like. Due to a media blackout, most Japanese people don't even know the hunt happens, but will the movie's increasingly high profile (It's even becoming a TV show
) and the negative publicity force a change? More details
on the making and content of the movie.
Anecdotal: The Oscar was the first my (Japanese) wife had heard of the whole thing. It took her a while to get over the idea of eating dolphins, which just seems barbaric to her as well. Then she worried that people will think all Japanese eat dolphins for dinner. She hypothesized that the people in the town might be a different race or species or something. And then she went on about how the Japanese political system is broken because they can't manage to outlaw stuff like this, and they react with anything but stubbornness and resistance to any ideas originating outside the country.