SEA OF SHADOWS
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Featuring everything from Mexican drug cartels to the Chinese Mafia, this environmental thriller is every bit as gripping and nail-biting as any pulp novel but with real world consequences for the imperiled vaquita (the world’s smallest whale) and for local fisherman in the Sea of Cortez. Trapped in nets used to catch the totoaba — a large fish whose bladders are highly prized in China for their supposed anti-aging properties — the vaquita gets tossed aside as collateral damage. While Mexican drug cartels seek to capitalize on this lucrative, illegal market, the Mexican government, conservationists and a famous TV reporter fight to save the vaquita. But with fewer than 10 vaquita left in the world, time is running out. Winner of the Audience Award in the Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition. –Ken Jacobson
Richard Ladkani has gained international recognition for his award-winning feature documentaries. Among his most renowned films are The Ivory Game, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award®; Escape Over the Himalayas, about the plight of Tibetan children; and The Devil’s Miner, a harrowing look at Bolivian silver mines, which won 22 awards.
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