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MIPCOM Picks 2011: Death Beach

Second Beach is a surfer's haven in Port Saint John's, South Africa. But the idyllic surroundings and near-perfect waves have been tainted by a series of shark attacks, with six people killed over the past three years.
September 26, 2011

DEATH BEACH

Partners: Earth Touch and Smithsonian Networks U.S., distributed by Earth Touch

Length: 1 x 50 minutes

Airing: 2012

Rights available: Worldwide, excluding U.S. and Canada

Second Beach is a surfer’s haven in Port Saint John’s, South Africa. But the idyllic surroundings and near-perfect waves have been tainted by a series of shark attacks, with six people killed over the past three years. Each casualty was a young surfer from one of the region’s local tribes. The townsfolk are at a loss to explain why the wave of attacks is happening now, with some theories pointing towards discarded bones from tribal sacrifices, and others focused on a nearby estuary which has been dubbed “a shark highway.” This natural history special combines a gripping narrative with spectacular photography for a chilling tale of man vs. nature.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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