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Sharkwater Extinction

In January 2017, while shooting Sharkwater Extinction, Rob, a Malibu-based filmmaker, tragically passed away during a dive off the Florida Keys. The world was stunned by the loss of one of the most influential activists of our time. Rob taught the world to love the oceans and to not fear sharks through his iconic images of hugging and free diving with sharks and mantas.

Rob risked everything to educate, preserve and defend the oceans. The film’s producers, along with a talented group of editors, filmmakers, and loyal Sharkwater supporters, were compelled to continue his work.

Sharkwater Extinction‘s  will have it's world premiere at TIFF in September 2018 

Sharkwater Extinction from the Award Winning Director of Sharkwater and Revolution.  
" 150 000 000 sharks are killed each year and scientists only account for 70 000 000 of those, there are 80 000 000 sharks that are killed every year and nobody knows why nor where they are going, but WE figured this out.... and if we bring this to the public, things will change."

Rob Stewart

Sharkwater: Extinction (2018) is a thrilling and inspiring action packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it — a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks.

Sharkwater, Rob’s first film, brought the devastating issue of shark finning used in shark fin soup to the world stage. His multi award-winning film changed laws and public policy worldwide, created hundreds of conservation groups. Today more than 90 countries have banned shark finning or the trade of shark products.  Even so, Stewart finds sharks are still being fished to extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction continues the adventure across four continents, as Rob travels through the oceans to investigate the corruption behind a multi-billion dollar industry. The crew goes through some of the world’s most dangerous fishing ports run by international crime organizations that have infiltrated the fishing industry.

Rob’s second film, Revolution, continued his quest to save sharks and the oceans. Revolution was the first feature film to platform the devastating effects of Ocean Acidification.  Climate change was well known, but scientists were just realizing the effects would be much worse than ever imagined. We were in danger of losing the coral reefs, and potentially the entire ocean ecosystem, which gives us 60% of our oxygen. Sharks, the top predator controlling the fish populations below them and the plankton that give us our oxygen, were being fished to extinction in an ecosystem they have controlled for 400 million years.

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Golden Sun Award to Rob Stewart at FICMA - Barcelona

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.


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.

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