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Documentaries like “Blackfish” influence California’s Capitol

Jennifer Fearing, a lobbyist for animal rights groups who organized the “Champions” screening, said it’s an especially vital tool for nonprofits and other small organizations like the ones she works with, which have a smaller and less sophisticated presence in Sacramento.

Documentaries send a message that something is “a mature problem that serious people are worried about and have put resources into,” she said, while also providing an entertaining platform to educate the public and politicians.