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Torn from his family at the tender age of two, Keiko spent 14 years in captivity as a performing tourist attraction before Hollywood discovered him for the title role in the 1993 blockbuster movie, Free Willy. When his millions of new fans around the globe, most of them children, realized that Keiko was not free like his on screen character, a crusade was launched to save him. The decision was ultimately made to return Keiko to his native waters off the coast of Iceland. After spending two years in Oregon regaining his health, Keiko was finally airlifted to Iceland in fall 1998, becoming the first and only orca in captivity to make it back to the wild. ..Yet over a decade later, the question of whether or not the mission succeeded continues to frame the debate regarding the fate of the other 52 orcas still held in captivity around the world. KEIKO: The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy solves the mystery of what really happened during the last five years in the life of this international icon, providing insight into the unique culture of orcas and the impact being taken from his pod had on Keiko’s survival instincts.
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Collective Eye Films, 2013.[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2017.
1 online resource (streaming video file) (76 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Title from title frames.In Process Record.FilmOriginally produced by Collective Eye Films in 2013.In English
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