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Bristol Indymedia And Bristol Animal Rights Collective Present 'sharkwater'

Mon 5 July 2010 // 20:00

(Mon 5th / 8pm / £3: no one refused for lack of funds)

Bristol Indymedia and Bristol Animal Rights Collective (B.A.R.C.) present 'Sharkwater': Film-maker, Rob 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. Sharkwater exposes the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark
populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, Mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives. Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth's history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed.

Winner of 26 international film festival awards, Sharkwater features an original score from Jeff Rona plus tracks from Moby, Nina Simone, Portishead, Aphex Twin and more. The screening will be followed by a discussion with B.A.R.C. about the issues raised in the film.