Hell or Clean Water

This screening took place on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 5:30pmYukon Arts Centre

This screening is part of Waste Reduction Week (Oct 18-24)


In what appears to be a Sisyphean task, Newfoundland diver Shawn Bath has devoted himself to cleaning up the ocean floor one rotting tire at a time. He's already removed 15,000 pounds of garbage single-handedly.

Through decades of commercial fishing and tourism, these Atlantic harbours became trash receptacles treated with an out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitude. Bath was self-admittedly part of the problem until he could no longer ignore the waste covering the sea floor as he collected sea urchins to make a living. On the brink of bankruptcy and a break-up, his obsessive endeavour catches the attention of locals and a controversial non-profit organization who would like to assist him in scaling up his operations.

Driven by passion and held back by bureaucracy, this inspiring story highlights the enormity of human-caused environmental damage and the power of an individual's determination to make the world a better place.  Alexander Rogalski, Hot Docs 2021




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