SEA OF SHADOWS
Dir. RICHARD LADKANI| Documentary | Austria | 2019 | 104 min.
The world's smallest and most elusive whale, the vaquita porpoise, is only found in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, a place of extraordinary biodiversity. Today, that sea is a death trap because of commercial development and overfishing, but a number of brave souls are fighting for its protection—from drug cartels and the Chinese mafia, no less. This eco-thriller, a winner at the most recent Sundance Film Festival, ventures into the front line of efforts to save the planet's most endangered sea mammal.