Yes you have seen huge islands of floating plastic in the ocean but this sort of pollution can’t happen in Canada. Right? Well perhaps we don’t have huge islands of plastic washing up on the shores of provinces that have oceans.
But” Hell or Clean Water” certainly exposes that on the coast of Newfoundland, particularly in harbour areas, there is often a junkyard of old tires, batteries and just about any garbage that sinks to the bottom. Well what you see is shocking.
Shawn Bath, a commercial diver, is a Newfoundlander who has founded Clean Harbours Initiative and he has a mission to clean up Newfoundland harbours going into personal debt to accomplish his mission. The Canadian government has given Clean Harbours Initiative $80,000 and the Government of Newfoundland another $25,000. Clearly more money and manpower is needed.
Disheartening to see all this underwater waste but inspiring to see a determined Shawn Bath in action. He even gets help from an unlikely ally considering his past involvement in seal hunting.
You can catch the documentary at Toronto Hot Docs running from April 29th-May 9th.and after that on The Documentary Channel. You can buy tickets here https://hotdocs.ca/p/hot-docs-festival
Only available from Canada.
You can watch the trailer here https://vimeo.com/532048344/591cc9ee51
Directed by Cody Westman.