Geneva Museum of Natural History

Project type: Public speaking
Date: February 2, 2013
Location: Museum of Natural History, Geneva, Switzerland
Project target: show Diving with Sharks, The Watermen Project’s first documentary film
Team: William Winram & Laurent Egli
Participants: general public of 250

The Watermen Project was invited to present its film Diving with Sharks at the 9th edition of the “Month of documentary films” held at the Geneva Museum of Natural History.

Coproduction The Watermen Project & Liquid Prod

Coproduction The Watermen Project & Liquid Prod

This annual event aims at providing educational as well as entertaining films for all ages during the least sunny month of the year in Geneva: February. This year’s theme for participating documentary films was “Water”. Titled H2eau: science and extreme sports, the month-long event showed two dozen films from February 2nd to 27th, on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays over a span of 36 showings.

Dr Mauricio Hoyos explains how he has not been able to place a single tag on scalloped hammerhead sharks, on scuba, in the last 5 years – Photo Laurent Egli

Dr Mauricio Hoyos explains how he has not been able to place a single tag on scalloped hammerhead sharks, on scuba, in the last 5 years – Photo Laurent Egli

Organized in partnership with the department of sports of the City of Geneva and the Museum of Natural History, this edition was officially launched with a special event organized on Saturday February 2nd.
William Winram introduced shark tagging to the audience with The Watermen Project’s first film titled Diving with Sharks, an 18-minute short which documented shark expeditions between 2009 and 2013 in the Mexican Pacific Ocean. In fact, the latest expedition was just finished mid January 2013 leaving only less than three weeks to edit the film for the premiere at the Museum.

Over 250 people turned up for the showing, some of whom could not watch the film because the auditorium had filled beyond its capacity. After the film, William graciously answered questions from the crowd of all ages, in the company of Laurent Egli, the film director and cameraman for the latter images of the documentary. The Q&A session lasted for over an hour.

William during Q&A with film director Laurent Egli - photo Natalja Egli

William during Q&A with film director Laurent Egli – photo Natalja Egli

During the month-long documentary festival, Diving with Sharks was shown along side prestigious films such as Raphaël Blanc’s Arktos: Mike Horn’s inner voyage and Jacques Perrin’s Oceans.