In honor of Ocean’s Day, we are dedicating our June events to sharks. Often depicted as dangerous and life-threatening marine creatures in news and Hollywood movies, sharks are at risk of extinction ironically as an exclusive result of human impacts and activities.
Around 100 million sharks are killed by human beings every year compared to 6 human deaths caused by shark attacks.
While on assignment to photograph sharks in the Galapagos Islands, the deceased environmentalist filmmaker Rob Stewart discovered illegal longlining, indiscriminately killing sharks within the marine reserve. He tried promoting awareness through print media, but when the public didn’t respond, Stewart decided to make a film to bring people closer to sharks.
Following the eyes of Stewart and his fellows, Green Initiatives 101st film screening will take you to rediscover these beautiful creatures and reconsider the value of human beings.
Film screening will be followed by a short discussion.
About the Film
Into the most shark rich waters, Sharkwater is a documentary film that reminded people of sharks’ important role to keep other marine life in healthy balance and brought the devastating issue of shark finning used in shark fin soup to the world stage. Sharkwater has received 31 international awards, including the Best Film at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Atlantic Film Festival, and was selected as “Canada’s Top Ten” at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Although shark finning is not yet eradicated, more than 90 countries have banned it and many advocate groups were founded inspired by this film. A shark research group credits Stewart with saving 1 of every 3 of the world’s sharks.
To memorize Rob Stewart, the filmmaker, and conservationist.
“There is simply no issue more important. Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth, and that, above all else, is worth fighting for.”
-- Rob Stewart
Rob Stewart died at the age of 37 in a scuba diving incident while in Florida filming his third and last film, Sharkwater Extinction. Sharkwater Extinction was released in March 2019 after his death.
- 18:30-19:00 Registrations & networking
- 19:00-19:10 Introduction to the event
- 19:10-20:45 Film screening
- 20:45-21:30 Discussions & networking
Regular Registration 70RMB
Student Registration 30RMB
At-the-Door(Without RSVP) 100RMB