Blue Winks – It Takes Friends
The message we see in this beautiful video is all about symbiosis, living in harmony with others, because when you work together everybody wins. In the words of the great Native Hawaiian scholar, Mary Kawena Pukui whose writings included preservation of native proverbs and sayings, ‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia. No task is too big when done together by all.
This is true about making films. It takes many talented people working in tandem. Two of the most creative, tenacious, and gutsy filmmakers I know are Peter and Rachel Schneider whose collaboration and expertise of 20 years in underwater photography and cinematography have yielded high art. And the best kind of art because their work educates us and helps to preserve the planet’s indigenous cultures and environments. They lived for twenty years in French Polynesia, having shot all over the Pacific Ocean and clocked thousands of hours undersea with sharks and manta rays. If you’re interested in seeing more Blue Winks please visit us at www.PacificNetwork.tv.
Peter and Rachel are dedicated to preserving the oceans and their last doc film, “Sharks of Rangiroa” is not to be missed. In their film you see hundreds of sharks up close and personal in their natural habitat and you do not sense danger. The filmmakers have their own explanation for why they believe sharks have been involved in attacks against divers and their documentation on the subject is impressive. As China creates a middle class more families can afford to serve the prestigious shark’s fin soup as a mantle of status, so at weddings, graduations, and other celebrations the expensive dish (thousands are spent on a single fin) is now in demand more than ever and shark finning has increased 100 fold, despite being illegal in more and more countries. Viewing is not for folks who get queasy at the sight of blood so be warned. The story however is worth your attention.