The Beauty and the Shark

From the first moment of seeing a shark, Wolke Hegenbarth, a German television star, has been fascinated by its beauty, elegance and abilities. Actually the 28 year old has nothing to do with these creatures, but having often been confronted by the problems of sharks in her new home in Cape Town, South Africa, she now wants to fight against their extinction. Sharks are dying. They are now one of the most threatened underwater species. Well over 100 million creatures are fished for a tasteless speciality, shark fin soup. Worldwide their numbers have dropped by up to 95%, a result which is more drastic than the decrease in the number of whales.


Director: Florian Guthknecht

[translate:] Florian Guthknecht, geboren 1969 in Fürstenfeldbruck, studierte Geschichte und Germanistik an den Universitäten Augsburg, Florenz und München; Stipendiat der EU, Magister 1994 (Note Sehr Gut). Seit 1992 ist er freier Journalist v.a. für BR/SWR, ARTE, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Münchner Abendzeitung. 2000 gründete er die Produktionsfirma Flowmotion-Film in München (Schwerpunkt Natur und Wissenschaftsfilm) und drehte seither mehr als 200 Magazinfilm-Produktionen und Dokumentationen für ARD, ARTE, 3SAT und ZDF. Seit 2007 hat er einen Lehrauftrag an der FH Salzburg.

45 Min.
Director: Florian Guthknecht
Script: Florian Guthknecht
Cinematography: Charles Maxwell, Christian Lott, Nick Klemmstein
Editing: Silvia Logsch
Music: Sebastian Pobot
Narrator: Wolke Hegenbarth, Martin Umbach
Editor: Udo A. Zimmermann (BR)