Sea of Shadows



Sequoia 1 Fri, May 3, 2019 8:45 PM
Rafael 3 Sat, May 4, 2019 8:30 PM
Film Info
Section:The Great Outdoors
Running Time:104 min.
Director:Richard Ladkani
Producer:Walter Köhler
Wolfgang Knöpfler
Editor:Georg Fischer
Verena Schönauer
Print Source:Terra Mater
Note Writer:Ken Jacobson


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.

IN PERSON: Sea Shephera Conservation Society volunteer Lisa Robles

Q&A May 4 only


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Richard Ladkani has gained international recognition for his award-winning feature documentaries. Among his most renowned films are his 2016 Netflix Original documentary, The Ivory Game, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award®; Escape Over the Himalayas, about the plight of Tibetan children fleeing their homeland; and The Devil’s Miner, a harrowing look at Bolivian silver mines, which won 22 awards.