The loneliest killer whale in the world, living in the smallest orca tank in the United States.
World-renowned orca biologist Dr. Ingrid N. Visser visits Lolita, a killer whale that has been captive in Miami, Florida for the past forty-nine years.
The documentary short, "A Day in the Life of Lolita the Performing Orca," documents Dr. Visser's visit as well as her thoughts and scientific observations concerning Lolita's current living conditions.
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It's not easy to cram 44 years of animal misery into one nine-minute documentary, but filmmaker Daniel Azarian has done just that.
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In 1970, a four-year-old killer whale named Tokitae was brutally taken from her mother in the US waters of Washington State and brought to the Miami Seaquarium, where she was placed in a 35-foot wide tank and renamed “Lolita.” She has lived there ever since.
Forty-three years later world-renowned orca biologist Dr. Ingrid N. Visser, founder of the Orca Research Trust (New Zealand), visits Lolita for the first time. This short film, directed by filmmaker Daniel Azarian and produced on behalf of the Washington-based Orca Network, documents Dr. Visser’s visit.
It's not just a mission of passion, it's a mission of compassion.
Dr. Ingrid Visser, Orca Biologist
Director Daniel Azarian paints a compelling picture of Lolita’s situation.
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Dr. Ingrid Visser
Dr. Ingrid Visser is an internationally acclaimed authority on orca, having established research projects and studied them all over the globe. She was the subject of the BBC acclaimed documentary, "The Woman Who Swims with Killer Whales", and is the founder and principal researcher of the Orca Research Trust whose mission is to protect orca and their habitat through conservation, education and scientific research. Please visit www.OrcaResearch.org for more information on Dr. Visser and her work.
Daniel Azarian is an award-winning filmmaker and creative director of commercials and branded entertainment. He has helmed national television spots for major cable, as well as having his work licensed on mobile networks in the U.S., China, and the UK. Featured brands are Netflix, AOL Music, Horizon Organic, Sony Music Entertainment, and 3M. Credits include the music videos "Teenage Popstar Girl” and "There Will Never Be Any Peace" for the Grammy award-winning The Blind Boys of Alabama, as well as the award-winning PSA “Save Lolita,” and the Anti-Violence Project’s “Bullying is Violence” PSA.
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Learn more about Lolita, her plight, and the latest legal updates pertaining to her captivity
Learn about Lolita's retirement plan from the Orca Network.
Learn about the inspiring work Dr. Visser is doing with Orca worldwide
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