One of the problems with documentaries is that the people who should see it most (i.e. the people closest to the events in the film) usually never see it at all. Case in point: how many Republican senators do you think saw Michael Moore‘s “Sicko”?
Louie Psihoyos, director of last year’s Best Documentary Oscar winner “The Cove,” thought of a way to fix this problem: he sent copies of the Academy Award winning documentary, dubbed in Japanese, to every household in the fishing village of Taiji in Japan. The village was featured in the film, which unveiled the horrific slaughter of dolphins just off the coast of Taiji.
“The people in Taiji deserve to know what millions of others around the world have learned about their town,” said Psihoyos. Most of the Japanese people featured in the film were unaware of the hunt or the sale of dolphin meat.
A local group called People Concerned for the Ocean helped to distribute copies of the movie by mail to each household in the village. As of now, Taiji City Hall has confirmed that at least two copies of the DVD have been received and that neither had been watched yet.
Will any of them be watched? Hopefully at least a few Taiji residents will pop in the DVD and take a look. After all, it just takes a few people to start spreading the word. The best way to get dolphin hunters in Taiji to stop slaughtering thousands of dolphins is to get the residents of Taiji up in arms about it.
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