Date: 3/10/09 10:00 am
Venue: Warner Theatre
Directed and produced by: Rob Stewart
Pre-Festival screening for school groups, also open to the public. Shown as part of the Ocean Film Series.
SHARKWATER (Canada, 2006, 89 min.)
Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, filmmaker Rob 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. Stewart discovers that these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how, despite surviving the earth’s history of mass extinctions over 450 million years, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed. The visually stunning film Sharkwater takes you into the most shark-rich waters of the world, 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. In an effort to protect sharks, 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 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. Directed and produced by Rob Stewart. Must-See Award, Telluride Mountain Film Festival. Winner, Canada’s Top Ten, Toronto International Film Festival. Documentary Award, Bergen International Film Festival.
Introduced by Peter O’Brien, Executive Director, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Discussion with shark expert, Andy Dehart, Director of Biological Programs, National Aquarium in Washington, D.C., follows screening.
This film is recommended for grades 7 and up.
FREE. To register student groups, reserve seats or for more information, please contact Christopher Head at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-342-2564.