Though some might at first think this is another shark “slasher” movie, the film is actually a compassionate argument for shark protection. The sharks and other marine creatures are beautifully filmed, which provides a strong juxtaposition against filmaker Rob Stewart’s coverage of the brutal sharkfin trade. Not for the faint of heart, there are scenes of wholesale shark-slaughter for their fins (a delicacy in China and sold for medicinal purposes in China and other Asian countries). Stewart works with Sea Shepherd and films brave confrontations at sea with both pirates and police. Confrontations, even physical confrontations, are a necessary evil to bring attention to the need for enforcing the laws that are so blatantly ignored. This film is heartbreaking in its portrayal of the injustice to sharks and other marine life threatened by over-exploitation. It’s infuriating in its portrayal of the ignorance of the Chinese for their insistence on consuming tasteless shark fins to boast their status in society and for their insistence that shark products have magical medicinal powers. But Sharkwater is also beautiful in its portrayal of the majesty of sharks and other marine life and in its message that they are in dire need of protection. See this movie.
From the DVD description:
For filmmaker Rob Stewart exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth. Driven by passion fed from a life-long fascination with sharks Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Filmed in visually stunning high definition video Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations. Stewart’s remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world’s sharks into a fight for his life and that of humankind.