Sea of Shadows
dir. Richard Ladkani, 105 min., USA, Austria
The film is in the programme thanks to the Austrian Embassy in Bulgaria
"Sea of Shadows" is an eco-thriller tracking the path from the black market of Chinese pharmaceuticals to the almost extinct rare species of whale in the Sea of Cortes. The investigation leads the team to discover the Mexican crime cartels and corruption at every step. Austrian director and cameraman Richard Ladkani has experience in this type of investigation with his previous successful anti-poaching documentary, “The Ivory Game”. “Sea of Shadows” is an extremely emotional film that takes you into two very different worlds: one immersed in the dark circles of criminal trafficking in Baja California, and another - in the sea depths where an emergency rescue mission is taking place. This National Geographic produced film reminds us once again that there is an urgent need for intervention if there’s any hope of saving our biodiversity and hence our planet.
The film was awarded with the Sundance World Cinema Documentary
About the director:
In early 2015 Richard and his wife Anita Ladkani founded Malaika Pictures. The name is the Swahili word for "Angel" and also the middle name of their first-born daughter. Malaika Pictures produces films that shine a bright spotlight on the most pressing environmental and political issues of our time. The shooting of his previous film about Netflix, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, changed things - China made the ivory trade illegal. This inspired his team, and Leonardo, who had just returned from Mexico, gave the idea for the next film - "Sea of Shadows".
Special event: 13 December (Sunday), 16:00 Meeting with the producer and the director of the film, moderator Milena Filcheva, Marketing director, Balkans The Walt Disney Company
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