Sea of Shadows

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A looming disaster in one of the most spectacular environments on Earth sparks a rescue mission unlike any other in SEA OF SHADOWS, a riveting new documentary with the intensity of a Hollywood thriller from National Geographic Documentary Films and winner of the Sundance audience award. When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten to destroy virtually all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the vaquita porpoise. SEA OF SHADOWS follows a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy as they put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice.


  • Romel Eduardo Ledezma Abaroa
  • Rafael Pacchiano Alamán
  • Hector Capetillo
  • Andrea Crosta
  • Marc Davis
  • Carlos Loret de Mola
  • Jack Hutton
  • Jacqueline Le Duc
  • Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho
  • José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa

Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

Must save this species & provide a sustainable economy for the illegal fishing community to cut the heart out of the cartel & mafia

Lindsay D


Jul 10, 2019

Ladkani’s camerawork is agile and sleek, and the editing is super-sound, so even with a complicated web of crime, corruption, socioeconomic tension, multiple languages, blurred-out faces and folks who operate in the dark, it’s easy to follow.

Amy Glynn
Paste Magazine
May 30, 2019

Ladkani's Sea of Shadows is a stirring adventure — inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure.

Metacritic review by Sheri Linden
Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter
May 30, 2019

It’s the investigative portion of the movie that is most engaging.

Metacritic review by Hunter Lanier
Hunter Lanier
Film Threat