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Source:  Deadline

National Geographic is diving in with its latest eco-thriller documentary after dominating last year’s awards season with Oscar winner “Free Solo.”

Now comes “Sea of Shadows” from “The Ivory Game” director Richard Ladkani.

National Geographic Documentary Films acquired the film after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, where it won the festival’s World Cinema Documentary Award.

The film centers on the fight to save the Sea of Cortez’s endangered marine eco-system that includes the vaquita, an elusive species of porpoise found there.

The documentary takes on the elements of a thriller as a team of scientists, conservationists, investigative journalists, and undercover agents race to take down the crime syndicates — from the Chinese Mafia to Mexican cartels — that poach the rare porpoises, prized for a belief among some in China that their bladders possess healing powers.

National Geographic is aiming for a July 12 release date in theaters for “Sea of Shadows.”

Read the story at Deadline.

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