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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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Sharkwater Extinction has won best educational value award at the China International Green Film Week

The Organizing Committee of the China International Green Film Week has granted the prize to Rob Stewart's final film: Sharkwater Extinction.

2018 China (Lhasa) International Green Film Week Concluded Successfully
October 14, 2018, approved by China Film Bureau, hosted by China Film Archive (China Film Art Research Center), organized by Lhasa Communication Industry Group Co., Ltd. , planned and executed by Y.D. Communication, the 2018 China (Lhasa) International Green Film Week closing ceremony took place at Lhasa Intercontinental Hotel.
Mr. LI Tao, Director of China Film Archive (China Film Art Research Center) and Mr. CAO Zhiming, Chairman of Lhasa Communication Industry attended the closing ceremony and delivered a speech. This activity has been supported by the publicity department of Tibet Autonomous Region and the Administration of Press and Publication Radio Film and Television. In addition, Xinhua News Group, CCTV News, CCTV6 Film Channel, Tibet TV, Chongqing TV, Lhasa TV, People's Daily, People's Political Consultative Conference Newspaper, Legal Daily, Tibet People's Daily, Xinhua Net, China Net and more than 30 other central and local media were present to participate in the ceremony.
The closing gala of film week is co-hosted by CCTV film channel host Yao Miao and Tibetan satellite TV host Dassan.
Yao Miao & Dassan
Mr. LI Tao, Director of China Film Archive (China Film Art Research Center)
More than 20 celebrities such as Tao Hong, Shang Wenjie, Yao Lu, Niu Li, Pan Binlong, Wang Xun, Kimi Li, Yang Tongshu, Yang Xiucuo and etc. have attended the closing ceremony in Lhasa, and announced the final awards, took concrete actions to help the spread of the green environmental protection idea in Lhasa.
Opening film: “Wonders of The Sea”
Wonders of The Sea, voiced by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, completed its China premiere at the opening ceremony on October 10, 2018. It is a two-year documentary about the British ocean. The film uses the world's only 3D, 4K underwater camera to bring a new and almost unknown feast of underwater wonders to the live audience.
Green Travelling Culture Forums The film week combined the concept of "green eco-tourism and green eco-culture" in Lhasa, and held several forums centering on the themes of "green video recording", "green tourism culture", "green lifestyle travel", "green tourism culture creation" and "green tourism cultural products". Through a series of professional forum discussions, in combination with the characteristics of Lhasa, we are planning for the construction of a green Lhasa, and through the influence of film and television culture and the promotion of cultural publicity, we can effectively influence the public to protect the ecological and green life.
A New Milestone: 1051 films from 89 countries
In 2018 the organizing committee received 1051 films in total, from 89 countries, there are 77 Chinese films, and 974 foreign films. Among them, 165 films were pre-selected, 75 films were officially selected. 45 films were screened.10 films were awarded.
The Crossover between Art and Film Together with famous contemporary artist Yang Maoyuan, the film week held the "Reincarnation -- Yang Maoyuan Straw Ash Wildlife Exhibition". Artist Yang Maoyuan's "Reincarnation" straw ash art works brought the public a visual feast of green and art. In addition, the "Green Art in Action" project initiated by Mr. Yang Maoyuan was officially launched at the closing ceremony of film week. The Organizing Committee hopes that this new form of crossover cooperation will draw public attention to endangered animals and encourage more people to participate in the green cause.
A Cinematic Art Experience Under the Sky:


"Star Cinema" outdoor screening event The Organizing Committee of green film week launched the "Star Cinema" outdoor screening event in Jixiang village, Deyang village and Dadong village from October 10 to 12.The event featured a number of green themed films from all over the world. The Organizing Committee hopes that through this outdoor screening event, the audience can sit on the ground to enjoy the film under the clear sky of Lhasa, and experience the beautiful atmosphere of harmonious coexistence between the people and the nature.


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