If you think pirate stories are a thing of the past, meet the members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, seafarers who raise customized Jolly Roger flags over their ships while conducting contemporary battles on the Antarctic Ocean. The treasures they protect are the lives of whales on the verge of extinction. Their enemies are Japanese vessels that continue to hunt whales despite an international ban. Sea Shepherd’s goal is to stop the slaughter, even if it requires aggressive actions. At the Edge of the World follows one season in this high-stakes war. At the helm of Sea Shepherd is controversial Canadian activist Paul Watson, who left Greenpeace to pursue his own methods. He sets out with a crew of forty-six international volunteers who are relatively inexperienced sailors. The ships carry a helicopter that enables stunning overhead photography. How far would you go to save an animal’s life? That is the question at the heart of Watson’s expedition (—Toronto International Film Festival). Directed by Dan Stone. Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. Elizabeth Taylor Environmental Award.
Introduced by Christopher Head, Managing Director, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Discussion with Paul Watson, Founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and star of the film, follows screening.