Arts Sharkwater: The Gospel
posted by June 7 at 17:41 PMon
The man who made the movie Sharkwater is first seen sitting on the bottom of the ocean, hugging a shark. The shark stays in the hug at least five seconds before it swims off.
Later, the man is on the roof of a building, discovering another rooftop full of hundreds of shark fins drying in the sun, in what is a major South American mafia trade. The bad guys scramble to take the fins out of sight and then they give chase. The shark-hugger runs.
There is another chase, too, a boat chase. The shark-hugger joins forces with a badass environmental vigilante who citizen-arrests shark poachers at sea. When the poachers get citizen-arrested by the shark-hugger and the vigilante-boater, the government whose laws they are violating protects them and arrest the shark-hugger and the vigilante-boater instead. A legal chase ensues.
Here’s what the poachers do: They catch the sharks. They pull them aboard. They chop off all their fins. They dump the stubby bloody sharks back into the water, where the sharks sink to the ocean floor and bleed to death.
Sharkwater says that 90 percent of the world’s sharks have been killed in recent years so that class-conscious people can eat fancy sharkfin soup sold to them through powerful organized criminals, and so that superstitious people can eat the ground-down powder of sharkfins although it has not been proven to have any health benefits.
Watch this movie. Start with the trailer above, and then here’s the making-of on YouTube (which includes the hug scene).
Sharkwater plays at SIFF Cinema, down in the bowels of McCaw Opera Hall, tomorrow (Friday June 8) at 7 pm and Sunday (June 10) at 7 pm.