Building on the research, passion, and sometimes daredevil first-person investigative, Sharkwater Extinction follows the fight by Stewart and others to halt the hunting of sharks, which are often killed just for their fins. One of the world's oldest and most important predators are in more danger than ever, due to a thriving pirate industry, legal loopholes, and widespread corruption. Over 100 million sharks are killed every year. The world's shark population has decreased by 90% in the last 30 years: an entire species, and a cornerstone of our ecosystem, hangs in the balance.
Screening: Cinemes Girona – 09/11 – 8.30 p.m.
GOLDEN SUN AWARD: ROB STEWART
Stewart dedicated his life to conservation, saying: “Conservation is the preservation of human life. And, that, above all else is worth fighting for.”
He taught the world to love the oceans and their creatures and not fear sharks through his iconic images of hugging and free diving with sharks and mantas.
Stewart was born in 1979, in Toronto, Ontario, where he was raised. He began underwater photography as a teenager, and became a scuba-diving trainer at eighteen years old.
Stewart worked as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation's magazines, and worked as a freelance journalist. Stewart got the idea to make the movie Sharkwater at age 22, when he found illegal longline fishing in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. He travelled through fifteen countries for the next four years, studying and filming sharks, and going undercover to confront the shark fin industry.
Sharkwater went on to win more than 40 awards at top film festivals. His follow-up film, 2012's Revolution, builds on Sharkwater, examining environmental collapse. In 2013, it was the highest grossing Canadian documentary, and it received 19 awards from global film festivals.
In 2012 Stewart released the book Save the Humans, a biography detailing the importance of sharks in his life and the importance of making a positive impact in the ocean. Stewart died in late January 2017 when he was filming Sharkwater Extinction, a sequel to Sharkwater.