[Vancouver, BC] The Walrus and the Whistleblower is Returning to the Rio!

18 Sep


Sept 20, 4:30pm

Playing at The Rio
1660 E Broadway

BC Health & Safety Protocols in place. You can buy your ticket in advance here.

Certain documentaries will always remain electrifying. When the topic concerns animal rescue, and saving marine mammals from their aquatic prisons, how can anyone not feel for their pain? Not everyone are activists from the get go but it is always good to learn about what is either socially or morally wrong and what kind of changes are needed.

The documentary The Walrus and the Whistleblower certainly made it mark, and it’s returning to The Rio in Vancouver, British Columbia for an encore performance!

This feature length film is produced and directed by Nathalie Bibeau and Bunbury Films. The story follows Niagara Falls-native Phil Demers, known as the ‘Walrus Whisperer.” Phil worked a decade-long dream-job as a trainer at MarineLand Park in Niagara Falls, Ontario, swimming with killer whales and training belugas, seals, and Smooshi, the walrus he raised and trained since arriving as a young pup. Phil then quit and blew the whistle citing animal abuse, and called for an end to the 60-year-old practice of keeping marine mammals in pools. Now Phil is being sued for 1.5 million dollars from the amusement park but nothing is stopping him from his mission to #SaveSmooshi.

Winning the Audience Award – the highest rated film with audiences – at this spring’s Hot Docs International Film Festival, qualifies this movie for consideration at the Oscars in the Documentary Feature category.

The Walrus and The Whistleblower was made in association with documentary Channel and CBC Docs.

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