Sea of Shadows
Director – Richard Ladkani and Sean Bogle
Documentary/2019/Austria/Spanish with English subtitles
BBFC Classification – 12A
The vaquita, the world’s smallest whale, is near extinction. Its habitat is under threat by Mexican cartels and the Chinese mafia, who harvest the swim bladder of the totoaba fish to manufacture a narcotic known as the “cocaine of the sea.” Environmental activists, the Mexican navy and undercover investigators are fighting back against this illegal multi-million-dollar business.
Supporting Short: Laymun
Director – Catherine Prowse
2017/Drama/United Kingdom/Dialogue Free
HIFF Classification – PG
Laymun is a stop motion, paper cut animation based in a war torn Middle Eastern city, where a woman fights violence and desolation with gardening.