Seaspiracy netflix documentary

Jade Dierckx

Must-Watch: the ‘Seaspiracy’ Documentary on Netflix

‘Seaspiracy’, the world’s newest Netflix obsession, is truly a must-see. Or ‘must-sea’, pun intended. The documentary has only been online since the end of March but has caused a wave of social media rage. The 90-minute-long film takes us from Japan to North Europe and the West Coast of Africa to Thailand and all the big waters in between.

Ali Tabrizi, the 27-year-old behind Seaspiracy and the 2018 documentary Vegan 2018, takes us on a journey he didn’t even know he was going on himself. He starts his story with an anecdote many of us will relate to: his love for dolphins, whales, orcas and how happy he got watching them in parks like Seaworld. His initial goal with Seaspiracy was to shine a light on dolphin killing, whale hunting, and the captive lives many of these big fish face for human pleasure.

It’s Always About Money, Lots of Money

Instead, Tabrizi soon unravels a whole other world: one of mass ocean destruction, unethical fish farms, fishermen slavery, and money. Lots of money. And it’s not just the obvious things like shark fins in China, Seaspiracy digs deep into the whole industry behind fishing with one question: “Why?”. Tabrizi takes Netflixers on a journey by land and sea, with activists and scientists, in search of truth and compassion for the ocean’s wildlife.

Will You Ever Eat Fish Again?

In these past two weeks, there have been a lot of praising comments on the film but also fact-checking about staged scenes and out-of-context interviews. Some critics claim that Seaspiracy is grounded in sensation and that the majority of the documentary is exaggerated.

Nevertheless, the film comes with a lot of emotions and shocking revelations. If you think you knew a lot about endangered species and the industry around mass fishing, think again. Open your laptop, start up Netflix, and watch. Statistics like “30.000 sharks killed every hour” and “empty seas by 2048” make you wince. By the time you reach the closing credits the question “Will I ever eat fish again? will undoubtedly have crossed your mind, stuck to your brain, and is already answered with “No.

‘Seaspiracy’ is available to watch on Netflix now, globally.

Trigger warning: Seaspiracy contains animal abuse and slaughter, slavery, and forced captivity.

seaspiracy Netflix documentary Ali Tabrizi
Seaspiracy Netflix documentary

Photo credits: Netflix and Ali Tabrizi

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