Film: Sharkwater – Fellowship of Humanity    

Film: Sharkwater

Posted by Humanist Hall on September 18, 2010as , , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, October 13 at 7:30 pm


The Truth will Surface

by Rob Stewart

Filmmaker Rob Stewart does a magnificent job of thoroughly dismantling the caricature of sharks as ferocious monsters deserving of our fear and hatred; he debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters. Instead, he reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas and captures their gentle beauty and vital importance to life as we know it. His film reveals the importance of the oceans and the sharks’ place at the top of the food chain to keep everything balanced.

But you don’t need to be an environmentalist to appreciate the frightening ordeal he found himself in while filming. In an effort to protect sharks, Rob Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives. Stewart’s film is his courageous documenting of the heart-wrenching barbarity imposed upon sharks (and other aquatic life), exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and despite surviving the earth’s history of mass extinctions and surviving for 450 million years, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed. His 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.

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