Sea of Shadows


The Main 3 Sat, Apr 13, 2019 11:40 AM
The Main 3 Sat, Apr 20, 2019 4:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Programs:World Cinema
Documentary Competition
Spotlight: Disruption
Minnesota Cinematic Arts Award
Human Rights
Release Year:2019
Runtime:104 min
Festivals & Awards:Sundance Film Festival 2019 - Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Submarine
Director:Richard Ladkani
Executive Producer:Leonardo Di Caprio
Jennifer Davisson
Phillip Watson
Scott Z. Burns
Dinah Czezik-Müller
Michael Frenschkowski
Laura Nix
Rebecca Cammisa
Producer:Walter Köhler
Wolfgang Knöpfler
Cinematographer:Richard Ladkani
Editor:Georg Michael Fischer
Verena Schönauer
Composer:H. Scott Salinas
Principal Cast:Romel Eduardo Ledezma Abaroa
Rafael Pacchiano Alamán
Hector Capetillo


Executive Producer Scott Z. Burns Attending 4/20.

In this documentary from Richard Ladkani, a team of scientists, journalists, and technicians work to save the life of the endangered Vaquita whale, who is being hunted by drug cartels, poachers and traffickers. Following the team in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, the film brings to light the troubling dangers whales and other ocean life face due to human interference, cruelty and ongoing tensions. The fish at the center of the region's unrest is the Totoaba, whose prized bladder is known as the "cocaine of the sea" and has become a top target for the Chinese fishing market. Meanwhile, a Mexican drug lord is at the head of the fishing enterprise of the region, and during their hunts for the Totoaba they have managed to drive another species to near extinction; the Vaquita, a whale subspecies that is believed to have little more than a decade to extinction.

Director Biography

Richard Ladkani

Richard Ladkani is a documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on global, social and environmental issues. Along with his latest film, Sea of Shadows, he is known for The Gas Monopoly (11) and Vatican - The Hidden World (11).


"An environmentally conscious, unabashedly heart-grabbing exposé." - Variety