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Updated: Sep 25, 2022

Christine Caruso, Director

Corky is the world’s longest-held captive orca. Living at SeaWorld San Diego, she has been in captivity for 52 years. Captured in Canada and taken from her mother’s side in 1969, she was sold to Marineland of the Pacific. While there Corky suffered the loss of her six calves, who died soon after birth. Public sentiment about keeping orcas in captivity has changed, and public pressure has led SeaWorld to end their program breeding their own orcas. The film provides insight into the recent efforts to provide sea sanctuaries, some that are now in operation and others that are currently being planned, giving hope that Corky and other captive cetaceans can be returned to their natural ocean habitat. We are left with this question to ponder: Will SeaWorld give something back to Corky, a piece of the life that nature had intended for her, after everything that she has given to them?

Released in 2022

Running time: 85 minutes

FHFF Film Category: Tales from the Heart

FHFF Film Sponsor: Kenmore Air


Saturday, October 22 - 7:15 PM


Director Christine Caruso will be joining us for a Q&A directly following the in-theatre screening on Saturday.

ONLINE SCREENINGS: On-Demand October 24 - 30 on with a recorded Q&A from the in-theatre screening.

photo: a still from CORKY


Director Christine Caruso

Christine Caruso

Christine Caruso is a Seattle teacher and first-time filmmaker. Wanting to learn more about captive and wild orcas, Christine began a six-year journey resulting in this documentary. When Christine learned about the life of a captive orca, Corky, and the decades-long efforts by people who have been advocating for Corky’s return to her ocean home, she knew that Corky’s story was one that needed to be told.


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