A looming disaster in one of the most spectacular environments on Earth sparks a rescue mission unlike any other in SEA OF SHADOWS, a riveting documentary with the intensity of a Hollywood thriller from National Geographic Documentary Films and winner of the Sundance audience award. When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten virtually all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the vaquita porpoise. SEA OF SHADOWS follows a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy as they put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice.
Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program
"A suspenseful, wide-screen drama filled with gunfire, cartels and corruption."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"A stirring adventure — inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure."
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"A chilling real-life criminal thriller set in a save-the-seas world."
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"A heart-grabbing exposé."
"One of the most riveting and provoking films of the year."
Directed by Richard Ladkani
Produced by Walter Köhler
Produced by Wolfgang Knöpfler
Director of Photography Richard Ladkani
Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio
Executive Producer Jennifer Davisson
Executive Producer Phillip Watson
Executive Producer Scott Z. Burns
Executive Producer Dinah Czezik-Müller
Executive Producer Michael Frenschkowski
Executive Producer Carolyn Bernstein
Executive Producer Ryan Harrington
Executive Producer Laura Nix
Executive Producer Rebecca Cammisa
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