Origin of author: Germany.
Place of recording: Indonesia.
Running time: 18 minutes.
Award: BRONZE. Award for the third best documentary of the festival.
"The Shark with a Thousand Names", directed by Hendrik Sebastian Schmitt in Germany, is a captivating short film that immerses us in an exceptional story of the relationship between Indonesian fishermen and the giants of the sea. This 18-minute documentary takes a team of underwater filmmakers and photographers off the beaten track and embarks them on a journey deep into an almost unknown region of Indonesia, where they encounter a newly discovered population of whale sharks.
The documentary transports us to this remote corner of Indonesia, where the filmmakers delve into the waters to explore these majestic whale sharks up close. As they dive, they show us the intimacy of the relationship between the local fishermen and these giants of the sea. The documentary reveals a rare story of peaceful coexistence between humans and sharks, a narrative that inspires and makes us reflect on our relationship with marine life.
Through breathtaking images and moving testimonies, "The Shark with a Thousand Names" captures the beauty and majesty of whale sharks and presents us with a unique perspective on the harmonious coexistence between people and these sea creatures. The documentary leaves us with a valuable lesson on the importance of respecting and protecting marine life and how peaceful coexistence with nature is possible and beneficial for both parties.
This work is a call for reflection on how we can learn from the relationship between local fishermen and whale sharks, and how our actions can influence the conservation of these endangered species. "The Shark with a Thousand Names" reminds us of the beauty and fragility of marine ecosystems and urges us to be responsible stewards of the ocean and its marine life.