Seaspiracy is an extraordinary doco filmed through the 'naïve' eyes of 27 year old Ali Tabrizi who started out trying to get to better understanding of dolphin and whale hunting and ended up making a doco about the harm of overfishing and illegal fishing on our oceans.
Everyone should see this doco. Tabrizi is a 27 year old doco maker who, with his girlfriend, pack up their cameras and set off to Japan to explore the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji in the south of Japan.
THE FILM, WHILE ROUNDLY PANNED FOR ALL KINDS OF INACCURACIES, IS AN ACCURATE REFLECTION OF THE KIND OF VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY THAT MANY OF US GO ON, ESPECIALLY WHEN EXPLORING SOMETHING AS COMPLEX AS THE DISMAL STATE OF HUMAN BEHAVIOUR AND OUR OCEANS.
Tabrizi ends up tackling everything from the excessive and inhumane slaughter of animals, worker exploitation, plastic pollution, the deforestation of the ocean floor, illegal fishing, conflicted sustainability accrediations and the lack of government regulation.
While that's one hell of a list even for a team credentialed in every subject, it's also the real story of this film. No one really understands the depth, detail or nuances of the issue, except that it is a bloody big problem.
One of the most important and improbable positives about the world we live in now is that a film like this - raw, full of 'almost facts', alternatively well made and terrible, can be made, sold to Netflix, gain global traction and spark furious debate.
AT LEAST WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OCEAN ISSUES. FURIOUSLY. AND YOU CAN 'FACT CHECK' FOR AS LONG AS YOU LIKE. THOSE WILL STILL BE REAL PICTURES OF LITTERED OCEANS AND BEACHES; SHARKS HAVING THEIR FINS CHOPPED; DISEASED FARM FISH AND DOLPHIN-WHALE SLAUGHTERS.
Whether you pick up on fishing nets, straws, dolphin and whale slaughter, the disgraceful and disgusting state of farmed fish, diminishing marine life, whether we even need to eat fish for Omegas or the role of the ocean in CO2 sequestration - in the end, one thing we will all agree on.
OUR OCEANS ARE AT STAKE HERE, NOT YOUR OPINIONS OF THE FACTS, FANTASIES OR MISMATCHES OF A 27 YEAR OLD IMPERFECT FILM MAKER. AND WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSBILITY TO LOOK TO THE REAL PROBLEM THIS FILM EXPOSES.
SO LET'S NOT ARGUE PAST THE POINT IN TIME WHERE WE ARE STILL ABLE TO SAVE OUR OCEANS IN A STATE GOOD ENOUGH TO SUPPORT OUR SURVIVAL.
While the plastic coalitions and climate activists are pissed about either being dismissed or, in the case of climate change, not even mentioned; many viewers will never eat fish again after watching the film. Regardless of which side of the intellectual, food, activist fence you sit on, Seaspiracy definitely achieves its goal of stirring a visceral reaction and shining a light on the way seafood makes its way onto our plates.
After watching the film you simply can't unsee it. And have that uneasy feeling that there is more truth here than misses.