"Sea of Shadows" Film Screening with Director Q & A

July 18, 2019 7:20 PM    Screening

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Sea of Shadows synopsis: The vaquita, the world's smallest whale, is near extinction as its habitat is destroyed by Mexican cartels and Chinese mafia, who harvest the swim bladder of the totoaba fish, the "cocaine of the sea." Environmental activists, Mexican navy and undercover investigators are fighting back against this illegal multi-million-dollar business.

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Richard Ladakani (director and cinematographer) has gained international recognition for his award-winning feature documentaries. His 2016 Netflix original documentary, “The Ivory Game,” executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, produced by Walter Köhler and co-directed by Kief Davidson, was shortlisted for an Academy Award. An investigative docu-thriller about the illegal ivory trade and the threat of elephant extinction, the movie premiered at the Telluride and Toronto International Film festivals and won multiple international awards. In early 2015 Ladkani and his wife, Anita, founded Malaika Pictures to produce films that shine a spotlight on the most pressing environmental and political issues facing the world today. They are currently developing a scripted feature film based on the bestselling book “City of Thorns,” chronicling the desperation of life in Dadaab, Kenya, the site of the largest refugee camp in the world, which houses nearly a quarter of a million Somali refugees and asylum seekers. Among Ladkani’s most renowned films are “Escape Over the Himalayas,” about the plight of Tibetan children fleeing their homeland; “The Devil’s Miner,” a harrowing look at Bolivian silver mines that won 22 awards; “Jane’s Journey,” a portrait of conservationist Jane Goodall that was shortlisted for an Academy Award; “Vatican: The Hidden World”; and “Gas Monopoly,” a political docu-thriller about Europe’s dependence on Russian gas. Ladkani gained most of his early experience in New York City, where he lived for more than six years before moving back to Europe. He lives near Vienna, Austria, with his wife and two daughters.