• Sea of Shadows
  • Sea of Shadows
  • Sea of Shadows

Sea of Shadows

by Richard Ladkani Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria / Competition

It is a last-minute rescue mission in the Gulf of California: the swim bladder of the rare totoaba fish promising magical healing powers, the illegal trade is thriving on the so-called “cocaine of the sea”. Even the endangered vaquita whales are affected by the fishing nets in which, once caught, they are doomed to death. Mexican cartels are just as involved in the dirty multi-million-dollar business as the Chinese mafia. A group of people have set themselves the goal of stopping this fatal exploitation of the sea – even under life threatening conditions. Filmmaker Richard Ladkani uses breathtakingly beautiful images to illuminate the underwater realm and focus on a courageous international rescue effort in which environmental activists, scientists, investigative journalists and undercover agents have declared war on the criminal network. A dramatic race against time begins.


  • Genre: DOC: Environment & Nature
  • Country, Year: Austria, 2019
  • Runtime: 105 Min
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: Richard Ladkani
  • Cast: Jack Hutton, Carlos Loret de Mola, Andrea Crosta, Javier & Alan Valverde, Dr. Cynthia Smith
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  • Screenplay: Richard Ladkani
  • Cinematography: Richard Ladkani
  • Editors: Georg Fischer, Verena Schönauer
  • Sound: Roland Winkler
  • Music: H. Scott Salinas
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  • Producers: Walter Köhler, Wolfgang Knöpfler
  • Executive Producers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Phillip Watson, Scott Z. Burns, Dinah Czezik-Müller, Michael Frenschkowski, Carolyn Bernstein, Ryan Harrington, Laura Nix, Rebecca Cammisa
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  • Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH
  • World Sales: Dogwoof Global
  • www.dogwoofsales.com/seaofshadows
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