China: Caging the Ocean's Wild

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Program 1: Shorts
Cowell Theatre Thu, Mar 7, 2019 4:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Marine Sciences/Wildlife
Running Time:26 min.
Director:Steve Chao
Producer:Sarah Yeo
Executive Producer:Sharon Roobol


A Malaysian investigative journalist takes great risks to unveil a growing trend in China of purchasing and displaying marine mammals from whales to dolphins. A look behind the scenes reveals poorly designed facilities, poor care and abuse, and the profits that drive wildlife capture in a new phenomenon that is taking China by storm. —DM

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Before joining Al Jazeera’s 101 East programme, Steve Chao spent close to two decades on the frontlines in the world’s hotspots. He reported on the surrender of the Taliban in Kandahar, Afghanistan following the September 11th, 2001 attacks; was on the ground for the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; covered earthquakes in Haiti; terror attacks in Mumbai, climate change at the North Pole; the 2004 tsunami from Thailand, and the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, which combined claimed more than a quarter million lives. Steve began his career in Canada working for various networks and was Asia Bureau Chief for CTV News, before joining Al Jazeera in 2009 as Senior Asia Correspondent. For his coverage of world events, Steve has received multiple awards including from the New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards, the Asian TV Awards and two Emmy nominations. As the Presenter of Al Jazeera’s weekly Asian current affairs programme 101 East, he has covered stories from the highest mountain of the world – Everest, gained exclusive and rare access to the Taliban in Afghanistan, and tracked one of Asia’s most notorious wildlife traffickers. By covering a dynamic region with diverse cultures and conflicting politics, Steve Chao tackles the issues that unify and divide Asia. Whether providing a voice for those silenced by conflict or conducting exclusive investigations that demand answers from those in power, Steve Chao continually delivers original, insightful journalism that cannot be ignored.