Green Hero, Rob Stewart’s latest film, “Sharkwater Extinction”, opened across Canada on October 19th. It premiered with a special screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7th and is featured at this year’s Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival on Sunday October 28th at 1:30 p.m. at the Innis Town Hall on the University of Toronto Campus.
Thanks to Rob’s 2006 first film, “Sharkwater”, and his tireless campaigning, shark-finning is banned throughout the world. Yet, as Rob tells us in the opening lines to his latest movie, sharks continue to die in record numbers. “Sharkwater Extinction” follows Rob’s on his renewed quest to find out why this is happening.
“Sharkwater Extinction” takes us to West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica, Florida and Los Angeles to expose this multi-billion dollar industry. As you can imagine the quest is not without risk.
Sadly Rob Stewart drowned on a dive off the coast of Florida while making this film. However, the film does not dwell on his death. Instead it inspires us with a message of hope to follow his lead and become heroes ourselves.
Regina Domingo appears in “Sharkwater Extinction” with Rob. Originally from Barcelona, she now lives in Mexico, where she continues Rob’s work to find out what is happening to sharks.
She is also an inspiration to others as the founder and Director of the Nakawe Project, a non-profit organization that dedicates its time and efforts to the protection and conservation of marine life around the globe.
Here is a podcast from Friday, Sept. 7th, with Green Heroes producer, Joan Prowse, and Regina Domingo discussing the late Rob Stewart’s film, “Sharkwater Extinction” on CHHA Radio.