Environmental Film Fest: Summer Series

Playing with Sharks (Saturday)

Expired March 27, 2021 9:00 PM
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Valerie Taylor is a living legend and icon in the diving world. A glamorous shark hunter in the 1950s, she was a champion with deadly aim before a personal epiphany transformed her into a passionate marine conservationist – specifically for the ocean’s scariest creature, the shark. Long before anyone else, Valerie dared to get close; swimming against the tide of the human perception of sharks and putting herself on the front line for over 70 years. Featuring a stranger-than-fiction script, a magnetic heroine, the making of Jaws, and that most charismatic and terrifying of screen creatures, sharks; this powerful and visually sumptuous 90-minute feature documentary draws on incredible re-mastered film footage captured over 50 years. Through her life's arc, we go on a journey of new understandings, from fear to respect and admiration of these complex, majestic creatures. Valerie Taylor is a marine maverick, a fearless diver, and pioneering conservationist who dared to befriend even the great white shark. This formidable woman forged her own adventure story in a male dominated world; Valerie’s passion to change the human perceptions of sharks transformed scientific knowledge and our understanding of these magnificent apex predators.

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    Sally Aitken