Documentary, 52 minutes

Beyond Fear - Communicating with Great White Sharks


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Documentary, 52 minutes
This 52-minute documentary about the body language of sharks and freediving with Great White Sharks was made in the year 2004 off the coast of South Africa and with Bull Sharks off the Bahamas…

Underwater Camera:Ralf Kiefner, Andrea Ramalho, Michael Rutzen, Mornè Hardenberg
Camera:Dirk Gion, Ralf Kiefner, Andrea Ramalho
Editor:Martin Wolf
Re-editing:Andrea Ramalho
Animation:Sebastian Weinhold
Sound-Mix:Detlev Schmitz
Audio-Remix:Andrea Ramalho
Narrator:Marc Rossman
Music:Highland Musikarchiv
Written by:Dirk Gion, Ralf Kiefner
Directed by:Dirk Gion
Produced by:© Ralf Kiefner
Special Thanks to:André Hartman, The Rutzen Family, Michael C. Scholl, Marius Bester, Otto Gadig, Two Oceans Aquarium
Beyond Fear - Ralf Kiefner

Ralf Kiefner, Andrea Ramalho and Mike Rutzen were filming close encounters with White Sharks without a protective cage. New and never thought to be possible aspects about the behaviour of White Sharks are shown in breathtaking pictures of freediving and of close positive interactions between human and shark.

In Germany Beyond Fear had its premiere on TV in November 2004 in the evening programe of VOX. In VOX-TIERZEIT, Beyond Fear was shown for the first time on 7.5.2005 and repeated on 8.5.2005.

Beyond Fear on TV:

Beyond Fear has been shown on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TV world wide and has been viewed by more than 300 million people.

In France Beyond Fear had its premiere on FRANCE 3 on 15.15.2005.

Beyond Fear can be watched world wide on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TV.


Dr. Erich K. Ritter – “Shark Behaviorist” – Shark Research Institute (USA), in January 2004:

Beyond Fear is one of the best shark documentaries that I know”.

Dr. Otto Gadig – Zoologist – International Shark Attack File (Brazil):

Beyond Fear is totally different from all the other documentaries about sharks that I have seen before. In my point of view Beyond Fear establishes a turning point in White Shark behaviour research”.

Ryan Johnson M.Sc. – Shark Biologist – University of Pretoria (South Africa):

Beyond Fear has given us a whole new inside into the behaviour of White Sharks. This documentary confirms what we always suspected: that White Sharks are not these man eaters and that people don´t have to fear them. But proving it into flash was something that none of us was willing to take”.


JULES VERNES Film Festival in Paris 2005
Being one of the twelve best international adventure and exploration documentaries Beyond Fear was selected to take part on the 13. International JULES VERNES Film Festival in Paris 2005. The festival was held in the Grand Cine Rex (from 19. century), europes biggest movie theatre (with 2.700 seats). Tony Curtis, the president of honor, was also attending the festival as other celebreties such as Roman Polanski, Omar Sharif, Steve Quale (the co-producer of James Cameron´s film “Aliens of the Deep”)) and Kirk Douglas, who gave a live interview through the phone.

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL du film maritime, déxploration et d´environment in Toulon (France)
Beyond Fear has been awarded with the GRAND PRIX ROLEX for the BEST FILM about the protection of the undewater world on the 37. FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL du film maritime, déxploration et d´environment in Toulon (France, from 30.9. – 9.10.2005).

In April 2005 Beyond Fear was presented on the MipDoc in Cannes with great success.

Beyond Fear has won the 2nd prize in the Advanced category of the IL MARE A MILANO video contest in May 2005.

CELEBRATE THE SEA 2005 (Singapoore)
Beyond Fear was one of the finalists of CELEBRATE THE SEA 2005.

International Underwater Film Festival – Belgrade (Yugoslawia)
In December 2005 Beyond Fear won the 1. Price on the 9. International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade.

International Eastern Mediterranean Underwater Film Festival (North-Cyprus)
In March 2006 Beyond Fear has been awarded with the 1. Place as Best Film of the Festival.

Underwater Film Festival, Moscow 2004
Beyond Fear won the “GRAND PRIX” for the best film on the International Underwater Film Festival in Moscow 2004.

Antibes (France)
Beyond Fear participated successfully as a german representative on the International Underwater Film Festival in Antibes 2003.

NERVES OF STEEL – Special Award
Beyond Fear has been awarded on the International Film Festival “The Sea Calls” in St. Petersburg (Russia, in April 2009) with THE NERVES OF STEEL award for outstanding courage while filming.