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on January 6, 2014
I am giving this 5 stars based solely on the film and the story. It is a wonderful follow up to the video Keiko: A Journey Home. Keiko: A Journey Home went into how they got him out of the park in Mexico City and into his pen in Oregon. This movie went into much more detail on what happened after. With Blackfish documentary making waves in the captive industry, this movie goes to show that captive orca whales CAN be integrated back into the wild or at least retired into an ocean pen. To see the transformation Keiko made as a captive sick whale with papilloma virus and almost dead, rehabilitated, taught to catch food, and swim in his home ocean waters brought tears to my eyes.
I hope one day to see this for Lolita (See Lolita: Slave to Entertainment for more on that topic). They point out in the film that one of the most saddest aspects was the fact that they were not able to reunite Keiko with his own family pod. We know where Lolita's family is. Her teeth (unlike so many in captivity) are in prestine condition as she does not have horizontal metal grates to bite down on and break her teeth. Knowing that she has been in captivity for 43+ years AND that her mother is still alive in the wild, absolutely breaks my heart. This is a GREED filled industry. Their is NOTHING education about seeing these animals perform circus tricks for our amusement. It is so tragic.
Side Note - Rating the actual film format: I would give this 3 stars as a BluRay title. At 30.00 + shipping it is a little on the steep side for any BluRay, and I didn't notice any more quality then that of a standard DVD (the DVD is 20.00). While I'm sure they used cardboard to cut back on plastic, I was a little disappointed in the case. While the shipper did write "Do Not Bend" on the movie, the case was pretty beat up upon arrival. I also cannot store it with my other BluRays do to this.
The only reason I did not give the format of the film 2 stars is because the shipper did assure me that proceeds of the sale will go to the Free Willy/Keiko Foundation (which I am very happy about). I also bought this on smile.amazon.com so The OrcaNetwork will also benefit from .5% of the sale :)