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6 world-changing filmmakers

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 23, 2012, 6:59 p.m.
filmmakers in camouflage

Photo: Oceanic Preservation Society

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Louie Psihoyos

Louie Psihoyos is an American photographer and documentary filmmaker who directed and appeared in “The Cove,” the shocking documentary exposing the culture of whale and dolphin slaughter practiced by residents of Taiji, Wakayama, Japan. Taiji residents hold yearly dolphin roundups and select some for sale to water parks and aquariums while killing the others for their meat. The waters run a deep red and echo with the dolphins’ panicked screams as they're speared, chopped and sliced to death by men in boats and on shore. Psihoyos and his team had to deploy extreme covert surveillance tactics to get their footage and were often under real threat from local fisherman and officials. (Photo shows Psihoyos and another team member in a blind at Taiji.)