USA, COSTA RICA I 2019 I COLOR I 99 MIN. I ENGLISH
“We have to understand that if the ocean dies, we will all die. You cannot live on this planet with a dead ocean. History has taught me that all social movements are led by passionate people. Governments don’t solve problems, they create them,” says Paul Watson. The life of the environmentalist is the main theme of the documentary Watson (2019), by Lesley Chilcott. Founding member of Greenpeace who later left the organization for disagreements (“Getting kicked out of Greenpeace was the best thing that could have happened to me,” he says in the film), in 1977 Watson started the Sea Shepherd conservation group. The mission of this organization of “ecological vigilantes,” is to protect aquatic wildlife throughout the world. Sea Shepherd finds illegal fishing and stops ships before they can act. The group has had widely publicized skirmishes with Japanese whalers and fishermen in Guatemalan waters, among others. Because Watson has long kept cameras on board, there are testimonies of the clashes, which Chilcott combines with spectacular images of underwater nature. In sum, Watson is the portrait of a stubborn activist.
Review by: Carlos Rodríguez
Lesley Chilcott | United States
Lesley Chilcott is a director, producer and documentary writer. She has directed the non-fiction films CodeGirl (2015) and A Small Section of the World (2014). She produced It Might Get Loud (2008), Waiting for ‘Superman’ (2010) and An Inconvenient Truth (2006), a film that won the Oscar in the category of best documentary.