"A Fish Full of Dollars" Synopsis

Soulwater Productions' award-winning film "A Fish Full of Dollars" grapples with the tragic issue of shark and manta ray fishing in Indonesia.

Indonesia is the number one shark fishing nation in the world. Sharks are a targeted species at the Tanjung Luar fish market in Lombok, where despite worldwide trends away from shark finning, the trade persists.

Worldwide, fishing is pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Consequently, fishermen are forced further afield every year to satisfy the hungry demand of the Chinese and world market for shark fin soup.

Manta rays are facing intensifying threats in recent years as the growing demand for gill rakers increases. Additionally, despite law changes banning their fishing in Indonesia, some fishermen still consider the risks worth taking.

A Global Problem at a Local Level

This film addresses a global problem at a local level. It investigates the impact of the worldwide massacre of sharks and rays on both the environment and the local community in Lombok.

Local people have depended on the fruits of the seas for generations. How will the depletion of shark and manta species in the Lombok area affect food supplies and tourism? What will happen when this resource is exhausted completely?

The trade of banned species in Indonesia is a complex issue with many financial stakeholders. There is no simple solution to this problem, but shark and manta fishing must stop now if we are to preserve the environment for future generations. We must not let this be our legacy.

"A Fish Full of Dollars" Trailers

"A Fish Full of Dollars"' incredible imagery can be seen in short glimpses in these heart-rending film trailers. You will fall in love with the beautiful living sharks and rays, and simultaneously experience the devastation at Tanjung Luar. Take the time to watch these short clips for a sample of the film. See for yourself what is happening in this small rural village, far from the dinner tables of wealthy Chinese, Hong Kong and Singaporean citizens.

The depletion of sharks in our oceans may be one of the most underestimated and misunderstood threats to the survival of our fisheries. As much of the world population depends on fish as a food source, this is an issue that transcends love for our oceans. As apex predators sharks influence the environment both in the oceans and on land. Consequently, this is an environmental issue that has wide ramifications all the way down the food chain.

A Tale that Must be Told

How much longer must our oceans and the people who depend on its bounties for their survival suffer, to supply the demand of the rich and privileged? It is a brutal tale from the ocean to the plate for the delicacy of shark fin soup. Be prepared for gruesome images which will both offend and sadden you. But this is a story that must be told. Building awareness is a vital step to making significant change. This film touches every person who watches it. And every person who sees the film will become a new advocate for sharks. We can make a difference, one person at a time.

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Spread the word

There are many ways you can help, and see the film at the same time. Spreading awareness is the first step. Help share the message of the film with the world.

Tell your friends and share it on social media.  Every small effort counts.

Lobby the government. Many small voices raised together in one loud message can create big changes.

Share the FaceBook page   www.facebook.com/sharkfishingindonesia/

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Find an Alternative

Providing education and creating an alternative for fishermen is a vital part of addressing this problem in Indonesia. Find out about organizations that are working to change attitudes and fishing methods.

Eco-tourism is helping to change fishermen's attitudes and actions. Contact Adrienne to find out how you can contribute.

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Be a Host

Join a growing community of ocean conservationists who have seen this vital film. Watch the film and share it with others too. See this dramatic film and find out how you can help spread the message or help fund the film. Arrange a screening and fundraiser at your location to help spread awareness and save the sharks of Indonesia.

If you would like to hold a screening at your local venue (or even on your couch with friends), contact Adrienne for support or to find out where to donate.

You can be a vital part of the movement!

Festivals and Awards

"A Fish Full of Dollars" has been screened at film festivals around the world and won a number of prestigious awards. Be amazed by the huge success and impact of this low-budget film.

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How can you help?

Contact Adrienne to contribute to the cause or screen the film now!

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