This week the trailer for Rob Stewart's new documentary, Sharkwater Extinction, was released. In his third film about sharks--the activist and filmmaker also directed Sharkwater (2006) and Revolution (2012)--he exposes the shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it. The tagline reads: Every year 150 million sharks go missing... where they end up will shock you. Sharkwater won many film awards and both Sharkwater and Revolution were amazing documentaries, definitely among my favourite. According to the film's website, "Shark finning is still rampant, shark fin soup is still being consumed on an enormous scale, and endangered sharks are now also being used to make products for human consumption."
Rob Stewart also wrote Sharkwater: An Odyssey to Save the Planet (2007) and Save the Humans (2012). Sadly, the 37-year-old Canadian filmmaker died while scuba diving in January 2017, during the making of Sharkwater Extinction. He is one of my heroes. His conservation work and passion for ocean wildlife were inspiring. Sharkwater Extinction will be released on October 5, 2018, and will be premiering at TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival). This is a film you don't want to miss.
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