Cove screening at US Air Force base in Japan cancelled, director giving out DVDs instead

A screening of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove at a US military base in Japan was cancelled, but the director says he’ll distribute DVDs of the film instead.

The because officials there wanted to be “sensitive to local political and cultural concerns,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Air Force Yokota Air Base told the AP. That’s because, as The AP reports, “The Japanese government is adamant that whaling and dolphin hunts must continue for research and cultural purposes,” despite the fact that “most Japanese have never eaten whale or dolphin, and are shocked to see the slaughter.”

Director Louie Psihoyos told the AP that instead of screening the film, he will now give away 100 DVDs on the base, and said, “The military is facing a lot of pressure by our government to make nice of the Japanese. We are going to win this battle, with or without the U.S. military.”

The Cove will air on Animal Planet this summer and later be adapted into a TV series on the network.

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