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Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story (2021)

Pioneering scuba diver Valerie Taylor, who has dedicated her life to exposing the myth surrounding our fear of sharks.

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Sally Aitken

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Sally Aitken
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Pioneering scuba diver Valerie Taylor, who has dedicated her life to exposing the myth surrounding our fear of sharks.

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Gorgeous and thought-provoking film
30 January 2021 | by jordanand94See all my reviews

Saw the premiere of this film through Sundance online and wow, this film was magnificent. I had never heard of Valerie Taylor before but was intrigued by the synopsis I read online; long story short, Taylor's relationship with sharks started with spear fishing and she was very notable in her native Australia for it, but she and her husband put an end to their spear fishing days after they realized it was wrong. After Taylor's epiphany moment from killing one shark in particular, she and her husband instead became ambassadors to sharks and advocates for their conservation. They helped revolutionize and change society's interpretations of sharks as a whole and helped society sway away from the social construct that they are soulless, killing machines. Despite this though, as the documentary points out, we still have a long way to go to giving sharks the protection they truly deserve. Through gorgeous cinematography and great storytelling, the film achieves what it aims to.


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29 January 2021 (USA) See more »

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