True North | Special Presentations
With 2006’s monumental Sharkwater, documentarian and conservationist Rob Stewart not only illustrated the importance of endangered sharks to underwater ecosystems but also motivated a generation of viewers to believe that it was within their power to effect change.
It’s a testament to Stewart’s commitment and character that he recognized that no single documentary could ever completely turn a destructive tide. As this follow-up opens, he’s racing across the globe to document the rampant corruption that’s ensuring that sharks remain imperiled. In these moments, Stewart’s infectious passion for his cause is rivalled only by the sense of urgency to his clandestine operations. And understandably so: over the last 40 years the global shark population has dropped by an almost inconceivable 90%. What Stewart demonstrates in every immaculately shot scene is a keen understanding that activism is always a rush against the clock. If your objective is saving the world, there’s never a moment to waste.
Tragically, Sharkwater Extinction marks Stewart’s final film, as he perished in a diving accident during its production. (His devoted team ensured its completion.) Employing stunning underwater 6K cinematography to tremendous effect, it ensures that Stewart leaves a legacy of inspiration in his wake. So much more than a call-to-arms, this film encourages all of us to look at the world with a newfound sense of wonder that encourages us to ignore stigmas and overcome our fears.