Sea of Shadows


Isabel Bader Theatre Sun, Apr 28, 2019 9:00 PM
Hart House Theatre Mon, Apr 29, 2019 12:00 PM
Fox Theatre Sat, May 4, 2019 5:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Austria
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Animal Magnetism
Film Subjects:Advocacy & Activism
Agriculture & Fishing
Latin America
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Richard Ladkani
Producer(s):Wolfgang Knöpfler
Walter Köhler
Executive Producer(s):Laura Nix
Rebecca Cammisa
Scott Z. Burns
Phillip Watson
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jennifer Davisson
Michael Frenschkowski
Dinah Czezik-Müller
Editor(s):Verena Schönauer
Georg Michael Fischer
Cinematography:Richard Ladkani
Composer:H. Scott Salinas
Sound:Bernhard Zorzi
Roland Winkler
Michael Plöderl


The intensity of a Hollywood thriller combines with the urgency of a looming environmental disaster in this riveting investigative exposé. In the crystal-blue Sea of Cortez, Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers illegally troll for the rare totoaba fish. Known as the "cocaine of the sea," its swim bladders are prized on the black market for their alleged healing properties. But overzealous poaching methods have had far-reaching impacts, endangering not only the totoaba but also the ocean's smallest whale, the vaquita. With fewer than 20 vaquita left in the world, the clock is ticking against total extinction. Intrepid cameras accompany investigative journalists, courageous undercover agents and environmental activists as they risk their lives to preserve both species and bring an international crime syndicate to justice. Winner of Sundance's Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary and executive produced by Academy Award–winning environmentalist Leonardo di Caprio, Sea of Shadows is a heart-pounding race against greed. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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