About this project
SHARK WHISPERER: She Dreamed of Swimming With Sharks. Now She Dances With Them!
OUR MISSION is to create a Documentary film that dispels the myths ingrained in our culture about sharks while portraying them in a new light.
Sharks are perhaps the most feared, maligned and misunderstood species on the planet. They are also a crucial component of our ocean's ecosystem and many of their kind are now critically endangered.
OUR STORY is told through the eyes of Cristina Zenato, a world renowned diver and shark behaviorist based in the Bahamas. For seventeen years, Cristina has studied sharks in their natural environment and has engaged with them on a personal level.
WHAT IS A SHARK WHISPERER?
Cristina is able to lull a shark into a tonic state, putting them into a natural paralysis. Her techniques have allowed her to globally share behavioral data, extract DNA, tend to injured sharks and engage in rescues that might otherwise be too dangerous.
Cristina was born in Italy and grew up in the rain forests of the African Congo. She was fascinated with nature at an early age and found her true calling when she traveled to the Bahamas to learn scuba diving. There she came in contact with the legendary Ben Rose, who became her mentor. She learned how to safely interact with the sharks then began to study their behavior. Over the years she has become the vangard of our understanding of these amazing creatures. Cristina's mission is to instill public awareness of the plight and danger of extinction these elegant and amazing marine creatures face.
We invite you into a mysterious world seldom seen, deep beneath the sea, and in the process, portray these wondrous creatures in a new light!
THE FILM will utilize the incredible existing underwater footage of Cristina with the sharks, incorporated with new in-depth footage documenting her groundbreaking work.
The crew will travel to the Bahamas and follow her and her team as they tirelessly work to create public awareness of this noble cause. We will film her daily interaction with her marine family and hear in her own voice the message she wants to tell the world.
We hope to make a compelling film that will resonate with audiences, while helping put this worthy cause on the public radar!
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