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Indiewire | 7 Nov 2019

The Director of ‘Sea of Shadows’ Faced Down Cartels to Show the Fight to Save the World’s Smallest Porpoise. Director Richard Ladkani captures the struggle against violent groups who are threatening the Vaquita with extinction.

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GoldDerby | 7 Nov 2019

Exclusive video interview: Richard Ladkani on exposing the ‘organized crime attacking planet Earth’ in ‘Sea of Shadows’.

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Professional Production | Oktober 2019 (German)

Nach "The Ivory Game" startet Richard Ladkanis nicht minder spannende Doku "Sea of Shadows" am 09.11. in 172 Ländern bei National Geographic.

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Los Angeles Times | 6 Nov 2019

Four documentaries to watch as the race to the Oscars begins. There’s a kaleidoscopic array of styles and themes at play in this year’s contenders for the Academy Awards’ documentary prize: From out-of-this-world archival adventures to gritty, life-or-death stories to intimate portraits of forgotten ways of life, all of them tied together by the extraordinary personalities before the camera. Here are four films to look for when the documentary shortlist is announced in December.

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Monsters & Critics | 6 Nov 2019

The film Sea of Shadows brought to the screen by National Geographic Channel is a top pick by Monsters and Critics for one of the best documentaries of 2019.

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Hollywood Reporter | 02 Oct 2019

Feinberg Forecast: The Hollywood Reporter's awards columnist offers his first assessment of the Oscar race... Check for Sea Of Shadows in the Best Documentary Feature top 10.

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The Sun | 28 Sep 2019

The National Geographic documentary SEA OF SHADOWS premiered in London this week and revealed the latest shocking statistics about the plight of the vaquita whale.

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Buckrail | 27 Sep 2019

SEA OF SHADOWS wins BEST THEATRICAL at Jackson Wild 2019 Media Awards. Jackson Wild Media Awards are like the “Oscars®” of nature film. The awards celebrate excellence and innovation in nature, science, and conservation storytelling.

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Sky News | 27 Sep 2019

Sky News Live Interview: Sea Shepherd's Jack Hutton and director Richard Ladkani got amazing exposure for Sea of Shadows' theatrical launch in the UK on primetime evening news.

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BBC Radio London Clip 2 | 27 Sep 2019

Interview Clip 2: Jo Good talks with Richard Ladkani and Jack Hutton.

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BBC Radio London Clip 1 | 27 Sep 2019

Interview Clip 1: Jo Good talks with Richard Ladkani and Jack Hutton.

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The Times | 27 Sep 2019

Review ★★★★☆: Sea of Shadows — high‑octane documentary about endangered porpoises. Sea of Shadows is a serious environmental film wrapped up in action-movie tropes. National Geographic continues its sudden ascent from fuddy-daddy nature mag to must-see movie brand.

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Hollywood Reporter | 24 Sep 2019

Savannah Film Fest: Directors of 10 Top Docs Set for Hollywood Reporter Panel, amongst them is Sea of Shadows.

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The List | 23 Sep 2019

Excellent, eye-opening environmental catastrophe documentary that plays like a twisty crime thriller. The tiny vaquita whale may not seem like the catalyst for a sprawling tale of crime, corruption and environmental catastrophe but, as this excellent, eye-opening film makes clear, it's become the figurehead for a bloody battle between protection and profit; one that puts the writing indelibly on the wall for humanity's precarious relationship with – and appalling treatment of – the natural world.

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Der Standard | 21 Sep 2019 (German)

"Sea of Shadows": Das Fischernetz, in dem ein ganzes Ökosystem verendet. Richard Ladkanis Dokumentarfilm berichtet vom verheerenden Schattenhandel mit dem Totoaba-Fisch im Golf von Kalifornien.

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CHEDDAR | 20 Sep 2019

Live interview with Richard Ladkani after the Social Good Summit in New York City.

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Der Standard | 18 Sep 2019 (german)

Dokumentarist Richard Ladkani: Allein gegen die Fischmafia. Ladkanis Dokumentarfilm "Sea of Shadows" deckt die Schattenwirtschaft rund um die Jagd des Fisches Totoaba auf – und befindet sich damit auf Oscar-Kurs.

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Die Presse | 15 SEP 2019 (German)

Wie ein Film ein Meer retten will: Die Red-Bull-Tochter Terra Mater ist für ihre Naturfilme bekannt. Jetzt will sie auch Tatsachen schaffen: Die Doku „Sea of Shadows“ legtsich mit Kartellen an, die ein Ökosystem bedrohen.

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San Diego Red | 7 Sep 2019

The vaquita marina in the wake of extinction, illegal fishermen, Chinese mafia, seasoned ecologists and scientists, are all real characters of the documentary "Sea of ​​Shadows" directed by the Austrian Richard Ladkani. We exclusively interviewed the director about his experience in Baja California and the documentary to be released soon in cinemas in Mexico.

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KALW San Francisco | 11 Aug 2019

Listen to director Richard Ladkani and protagonists Dr. Cynthia Smith, Andrea Crosta, and Jack Hutton discuss SEA OF SHADOWS on this edition of Your Call's One Planet Series.

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Sea Of Shadows Original Soundtrack | 7 AUg 2019

H. Scott Salinas' hauntingly beautiful original score for Sea Of Shadows is now available on Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify.

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Great Adventures | 27 Jul 2019

Podcast: Andrea Crosta joins Charles Thorp to talk about Earth League International - ELI’s covert operations and the fight against wildlife trafficking in the latest episode of “Great Adventures!”

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LOS ANGELES TIMES | 21 Jul 2019

Op-Ed by Richard Ladkani: How cracking down on organized crime could save a tiny porpoise from extinction. Why should you care about the vaquita, a tiny porpoise you have probably never seen, living in a sea you may have never touched, with a fate tied to a fish you likely didn’t know existed? Because the vaquita is a powerful symbol of what we are losing on our planet.

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ScreenRant | 17 Jul 2019

Interview: We were lucky enough to speak with Andrea Crosta, executive director and co-founder of Earth League International, and Richard Ladkani, the director of this powerfully, impactful documentary. To get to the root of this documentary and find out why it should be required viewing for so many of us that call this planet home.

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Awards Daily | 13 Jul 2019

Review: New Documentary ‘Sea Of Shadows’ Is An Urgent Call To Action. The vaquita porpoise is one of the smallest mammals in the world; it’s also one of the most elusive mammals and it is on the brink of extinction. Richard Ladkani directs Sea of Shadows and if you’re familiar with Ladkani’s work and you’ve seen The Ivory Game (Netflix), you’ll know that of Sea of Shadows is not going to be a documentary that just looks at the vaquita. We’re not going to be watching a Planet Earth type show gawking at this mysterious creature. He takes us into the Sea Of Cortez to show us how humans need to act now to save not just the Sea of Cortez, not just the planet, but the vaquita.

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Nonfiction Film | 12 Jul 2019

Dr. Jane Goodall joined the team behind Sea of Shadows at the LA premiere. Meet the cast and crew at the red-carpet premiere at NeueHouse Theatre in Hollywood.

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Roger Ebert | 12 Jul 2019

Review: Paints an engrossing portrait of mankind’s encroaching, self-inflicted demise, with moneyed interests leading us, like the pied piper, off the cliff and into the sea.

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Los Angeles Times | 12 Jul 2019

Review: Eco-crisis documentary "Sea of Shadows" lives up to its sinister title.

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New York Times | 11 Jul 2019

Review: A Suspenseful Story of Saving Porpoises A National Geographic documentary on the threat to an endangered species in the Gulf of California has a violent twist.

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Slant Magazine | 7 Jul 2019

Review: The Eco-Thriller Sea of Shadows Casts a Wide Net in Its Messaging. Richard Ladkani’s documentary bristles with drama and a panicky sense of righteous anger.

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ABC Nightline | 9 Jul 2019

The filmmakers of "Sea of Shadows" talk about their quest to save the porpoise, of which there are less than 15 left in the wild, from a web of illegal fishing, Mexican cartels and the Chinese mafia.

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Variety | 21 Feb 2019

Review: An audience award winner at Sundance, Richard Ladkani's latest eco-minded doc compellingly investigates marine endangerment in the Gulf of California.

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For the wild | 21 Feb 2019

Interview: Sea of Shadows begins at 7m10s. Other films covered in this interview include: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, The Infiltrators, Advocate, Words from a Bear, Merata: How Mum Decolonized the Screen, and Tigerland.

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Solzy at the movies | 14 Feb 2019

Interview: Richard Ladkani and Andrea Crosta took some time to speak with Solzy at the Movies about Sea of Shadows during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The interview took place a few days after the premiere but before the film took home the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary.

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Park City TV: What’s Reel | 5 Feb 2019

Christine Napier chats with Richard Ladkani and Andrea Crosta about their Sundance Film, Sea of Shadows.

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Hollywood Reporter | 30 Jan 2019

Sundance '19 Review: Richard Ladkani's eco-thriller ventures into the front line of efforts to save the planet's most endangered sea mammal.

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Nonfics | 28 Jan 2019

Sundance '19 Review: 'Sea of Shadows' is Mexico's Answer to 'The Cove'. Director Richard Ladkani and producer Leonardo DiCaprio re-team with 'The Ivory Game' investigator Andrea Crosta to try to save the vaquita.

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Moveable Fest | 28 Jan 2019

Sundance ’19 Review: “Sea of Shadows” Brings an Ecological Crisis To Light. Giving the rescue effort for one of the world’s most vulnerable fish the import of a Hollywood blockbuster, Richard Ladkani’s nonfiction eco-thriller commands attention.

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Sundance Film Festival: Meet the Artist | 8 Jan 2019

Meet Richard Ladkani, director of Sea of Shadows, playing in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

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Jane Goodall Institute | 5 Jan 2017

Dr. Jane Goodall discusses the film 'The Ivory Game', by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani. The film is a crucial depiction of the dangerous and atrocious world of illegal trafficking, focusing on Ivory, or "white gold." Demand for Ivory has caused the slaughter of African elephants in record numbers. Filmmakers went under cover for 16 months, infiltrating and documenting the deep-rooted corruption at the heart of the global ivory trafficking crisis.

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Deadline | 3 Jan 2016

‘The Ivory Game’ Wins: Ivory Trade Banned In China Following Netflix Doc’s November Release. Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson’s Netflix film The Ivory Game is a nail-biting exposé of the ivory trade and the imminent extinction of elephants. It’s certainly a powerful and essential viewing experience, but now, incredibly, the documentary has won the ultimate prize–a ban on the ivory trade in China.

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IndieWire | 21 Dec 2016

Interview: ‘The Ivory Game’ Co-Director Kief Davidson on Elephants, Leonardo DiCaprio and China. The horrific plight of wild elephants is front and center in “The Ivory Game.” Currently streaming on Netflix, Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson’s Oscar shortlisted documentary — which has been prominently backed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jane Goodall, among others — offers a ground-level view of the black market trade. Davidson recently sat down at the International Documentary Association film series to talk about the film’s journey and how he styled it as a thriller.

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Netflix Featurette | 19 Dec 2016

From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking. Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award®–nominated director Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16 months with a crack team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists, to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking.

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Variety | 22 Nov 2016

Op-ed by Dr. Jane Goodall: Elephants are one of the most amazing animals on earth, yet unless we get together to help protect them, they could become extinct. Because of us. We all have the power to make a difference and, when we take action, we can have lasting impact. That’s why “The Ivory Game,” from directors Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson is such an important documentary — it can make all the difference for the elephants and for future generations.

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Esquire | 7 Nov 2016

Review: 'The Ivory Game' explains more than it judges, which makes it much more powerful than the standard hand-wringing environmental documentary.

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Roger Ebert | 4 Nov 2016

Review: “The Ivory Game” is a documentary that plays with the gripping pacing and glossy production values of a suspenseful, international thriller. Unfortunately, the story it’s telling is all too true—and relevant.

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Los Angeles Times | 3 Nov 2016

Review: ‘The Ivory Game’ warning: Elephants will be extinct in 15 years. According to the globetrotting nonfiction thriller “The Ivory Game,” at the rate that elephants are being slaughtered, they’ll be extinct within 15 years. The thought of a world without them is hard to bear, and the investigative film manages to generate a reasonable sliver of hope — and will perhaps inspire activism — while sounding the alarm of dire emergency.

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New York Times | 3 Nov 2016

Review: ‘The Ivory Game’ Follows the Fight to Protect Elephants. After learning that a beloved wild elephant has been slaughtered by poachers, Craig Millar, a conservationist, wonders aloud “how we got to this stage, as a human race, when we just lay waste to anything we value — anything we see just gets consumed.” Still, he vows to fight on. “I don’t know if it’s ever going to make a difference, and if we’re ever going to do enough, but we’ve got to try.”

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The Guardian | 31 Oct 2016

Review: The Chinese government has legitimised and stimulated the ivory trade, leading, as this angry, valuable documentary shows, to the near extinction of a species.

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The Wrap | 2 Sep 2016

Telluride '16 Review: Urgent Documentary About Elephant Killing Is a Roar for Action. An extinction crisis for one of earth’s mightiest creatures, fed by an illegal trade in ivory, is made vividly clear in an advocacy documentary that moves like an espionage thriller.

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