Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, the Cove follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.




"There are many documentaries angry about the human destruction of the planetary peace. This is one of the very best -- a certain Oscar nominee."
"A taut, thrilling documentary that plays out like a heist movie while never overshadowing its message or activist credentials."
"This outstanding documentary is as exciting as a thriller."
Philip French, THE OBSERVER
"Eco-activist documentaries don't get much more compelling than The Cove, an impassioned piece of advocacy filmmaking that follows Flipper trainer-turned-marine crusader Richard O'Barry in his efforts to end dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan."
Justin Chang, Variety


  • 8 Award Nominations
  • 27 Award Wins including one Oscar