- Associated Press - Sunday, February 27, 2011

TOKYO (AP) - Copies of the 2010 Oscar-winning documentary that depicts the slaughter of dolphins in the Japanese fishing village of Taiji have been delivered free to all its residents, compliments of the director.

“The Cove” director Louie Psihoyos says DVD copies of the film were mailed over the weekend with the help of a local activist group. Psihoyos said Monday that he was concerned many had yet to see the film, especially in Taiji.

The film was shown last year at some Japanese theaters. But they were often targeted by protesters with blaring loudspeakers meant to disrupt the shows.

The killing of dolphins in Taiji has outraged many around the world, but Japan has defended the practice as part of its tradition.

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