The Cove: Cause and Effect Essay
The Cove is an award winning documentary that educated the public about the increasing Japanese dolphin hunting culture. The film was very successful in using a collection of emotional evidence that told a story from an ocean conservationist’s point of view. The director, Louie Psihoyos, used interviews, footage, and even a “spy-like” story plot that turned the film into a completely one-sided, suspense filled, exposé of the tabooed dolphin slaughter culture. Psihoyos calls to action the audience members by using several instances of devastating causes and their resulting effects; most notably was the need for dolphin protection under the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the high amount of corruption among Japanese representatives, and the damaging effects the chemical Mercury has on people.
The IWC is an international committee of representatives that help conserve a variety of whale species by eliminating the practice of commercial whaling. Although, many different species of whales are protected under the IWC, dolphins are not included. Consequently, it is legal to slaughter dolphins in many parts of the world. The director attempts to show these devastating consequences by provide footage of dolphin killings. Personally, I will never forget the clicks and screams these dolphins filled the entire cove with. The ocean became tainted with blood, and the bodies stacked high. The movie claims almost twenty three thousand dolphins are killed yearly. As a result of the footage, audience members are instilled with a strong sense of pity, which the director is hoping will cause a greater sense of urgency and ultimately support his cause. Unfortunately, many Japanese oppose this cause and are willing to use any type of method to continue to hunt down these dolphins.
In the film, many Japanese locals who were involved in the dolphin massacres were very inclined to keep this a secret. Throughout the film, the film crew was...