Project Description

Cover for the film, Sharkwater. Features a closeup of a man, in the background are sharks under water.


2017 · Unrated · 1h 53m


For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth.

Driven by passion fed from a life-long fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas.

Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations. Stewart’s remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world’s sharks, into a fight for his life, and that of humankind.

About the Filmmakers

Sharkwater was produced by Rob Stewart, Brian Stewart and Sandra Campbell, and directed by Rob Stewart. Find out more about the film at


“One of mankind’s greatest fears–the shark–is convincingly cast in a sympathetic light by the award-winning documentary Sharkwater. Wildlife photographer-turned-filmmaker Rob Stewart is the driving force behind the film, and if his on-camera presence occasionally tilts towards self-aggrandizement, it’s countered by the breathtaking quality of his footage of sharks and his compassionate argument for their protection. Stewart’s coverage of the shark fin trade is equally compelling, and scenes of wholesale slaughter of sharks for their fins (a delicacy and alleged medicine in Asian countries) are likely to disturb. Viewers may be split on Stewart’s hands-on approach to combating the practice, which includes taking on pirates and police, but his intentions are honorable and do much to bring this alarming situation to light. The DVD includes a ’60s-era Navy training film about sharks, which is amusing until one realizes how much its fearful tone has been echoed through decades, as well as a making-of featurette and theatrical trailer.” – Paul Gaita

“This is a sobering movie on the exploitation of sharks. The shark finning fishery, in particular, is an obscene practice. Share this movie with your friends…” – RS Cobblestone, Amazon

“I saw this in a semester in college. My environmental professor showed us this and it’s one of the movies that makes me want to pursue Marine Biology as my major. It’s really sad what they do to these animals, Sharks are my favorite Marine animals and they aren’t as dangerous as people believe them to be. I wanted to add this to my library of movies just in case I ever need to show someone a great shark documentary.” – Gnator, Amazon

“I like to eat shark fin soup until I read reports and watch this title. This show speaks aloud for Sharks. It is a wake up call for humans. I am not only concerning about sharks but all other animals too. Eg Tigers hunted for the skin and other product, Fur creatures skinned for their furs. (Just to name a few.) This young man risk his life to produce this show to warn all of us, The message is simple. Do not upset of food chain of the ocean as Sharks has live in the ocean longer than any of us.” – Lam Hoon Leong, Amazon


Cover for the film, Sharkwater. Features a closeup of a man, in the background are sharks under water.

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