The Truth will Surface

For filmmaker Rob Stewart, discovering sharks began as an underwater adventure. It soon became a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth. Driven by a passion fed by a life-long fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas.

Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, "Sharkwater" takes you into the most shark-rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations. Stewart's remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world's sharks, into a fight for his life, and that of humankind.

"Sharkwater" is clearly one of the best films we know, although he performs a difficult balancing act between biography, environmental film, crime, and nature documentation. This could be overstraining for some. The power of individuals to move something is shown excellently ("There were always only individuals who brought something in motion."). Asians who consume shark fins and products are nevertheless not considered as "evil", but are in a differentiated way referred to the Asian mafia.

A scene in which Rob Stewart smooches with sharks, is simply overwhelming.

“Sharkwater” is suitable for big events and for a wide audience.

Journalistically, it offers good interviews, is objective and shows the relevance of the ecosystem of the sea. "Sharkwater" shows some better ways and creates access to a more positive future vision of a coexistence of all species. It is strongly related to the theme of global life bases and even observes dynamic system developments.

Full of empirical examples, "Sharkwater" is very exciting, intelligent, emotionally moving and permeated by knowledge and connections. The film brings a clear transfer of action, teaches responsibility and arouses a planetary perspective and appreciation of the greater whole.

In terms of craftsmanship "Sharkwater" is logically structured, captivating, with a cool cut, remarkable camera work and catchy music (Moby, Geoffrey Oryema, Aphex Twin and Portishead!). Unique images of intoxicating beauty and good reference to content.

It is clearly one of the very best films here. A must-see for all those who love to watch documentary films.

Director(s): Rob Stewart
Script: Rob Stewart
Production: Rob Stewart, Diatribe Pictures, Sharkwater Productions
Music: Jeff Rona
Actors: Rob Stewart, Patrick Moore, Paul Watson, Rex Weyler, Boris Worm, Erich Ritter
Year: 2006
Duration: 89 min
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): German, English
Language (subtitles): German
Country of origin: Canada
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Screening rights: polyband Medien GmbH (Germany)

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Main topic(s): Oceans
Secondary topics: overfishing wildlife cooperation activism
Mentions: sharks extermination overfishing prejudice hunting shark fins
Topic Page(s): Oceans


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