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Sea of Shadows
Documentary Film, AT 2019, Farbe, 104 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2019

Director, Camera: Richard Ladkani
Script: n/a
Editor: Georg Michael Fischer, Verena Schönauer
Location Sound: Roland Winkler
Music: H. Scott Salinas
Sounddesign: Michael Plöderl, Bernhard Zorzi
Additional Credits: Produktion: Eine Terra Mater Factual Studios Produktion in Zusammenarbeit mit Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wildlens Collective
Featuring: (in order of appearance) Jack Hutton, Carlos Loret de Mola, Andrea Crosta, Javier & Alan Valverde, Dr. Cynthia Smith
Produced by: Walter Köhler and Wolfgang Knöpfler
Second Camera: Tobias Corts
Production Manager: Anita Ladkani
Field Producer: Ru Mahoney
Junior Producer: Sarah Nörenberg
Associate Producers: Matthew Podolsky, Sean Bogle
Executive Producers: Leonardo Di Caprio, Jennifer Davisson, Phillip Watson. Scott Z. Burns
Executive Producers: Dinah Czezik-Müller, Michael Frenschkowski
Executive Producers: Laura Nix, Rebecca Cammisa
Producers: Walter Köhler, Wolfgang Knöpfler
Production: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH


A visually stunning thriller taking place in the sea of Cortez, Mexico. The Totoaba fish’s air bladder is wanted of superstitious belief among some in China, leading to a flourishing mafia-based trade in the “cocaine of the sea.” Also the Vaquita, a rare species of whale, falls prey to illegal fishing. Sea of Shadows accompanies activists who with resolute courage and under extreme danger to their own lives, attempt to save the animals from extinction. A dramatic race in the “world’s aquarium” (Jacques Cousteau)—against time and organized crime.

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