The Sea of Cortez -which Jacques Cousteau called “the aquarium of the world”- is facing total collapse because of a war at sea. Mexican drug cartels have discovered the “cocaine of the sea,” a valuable fish called the totoaba—which is at the center of a multimillion-dollar business with the Chinese Mafia. To find the fish, these cartels are destroying the ecosystem with illegal gill nets and, in doing so, are killing the Earth’s smallest whale—the vaquita. Local fishermen, caught between the tight grip of the cartel and fighting to protect their livelihood, find themselves in a desperate dance for survival. Filmmaker Richard Ladkani finds incredible access and paints a 360-degree view, capturing striking observational footage: saving the vaquita means saving an entire sea—and the critical balance of nature.
Screening: November, 14th - 8.30 p.m. - CosmoCaixa Barcelona
Clausing Ceremony - By invitation only