Sharkwater is biologist/photographer Rob Stewart's passionate, deeply informative elegy to the plight of the shark, told without cant. Rejecting the common perception, endorsed by the media, that sharks are predators who hunt and kill humans, Stewart rightly asserts that shark attacks overall are minimal. His film makes clear that it's humans who have actually become a threat to the shark. The documentary explores how the existence of the shark is threatened by an influential international mafia that has been corrupting governments in the Pacific, as they hunt valuable shark fins that are eventually sold as an expensive delicacy in China. Stewart makes a strong case for the shark's value to our eco-system—keeping the ocean in balance and contributing to our oxygen supply. The gorgeous high-definition cinematography creates a sumptuous undersea world in delicate balance. Sharkwater is a rare advocacy film that arouses both awe and wonder.—
Cast: Rob Stewart, Paul Watson, Boris Worm, Erich Ritter, Patrick Moore
Director/Screenwriter: Rob Stewart
Producers: Rob Stewart and Brian Stewart
Rating: PG for images of animal cruelty, thematic elements, language and some smoking
Running time: 89 min.
Release date: September 28, 2007 Fla. Nov 2, 2007 Expansion