The Japanese director of a documentary aimed at ending "misconceptions" about the long-standing Japanese tradition of whaling and dolphin hunting said Friday she hopes the film will help many Americans learn different perspectives.

"I believe the United States is a country which would listen to opinions different than theirs if they are clearly stated," said Keiko Yagi, as the "Behind the Cove" began showing in New York the same day.

In hopes of getting the film nominated for an Academy award next year, the 49-year-old Tokyo native has been busy fulfilling the requirements, which include getting the documentary shown across the U.S.