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Troubled Waters: A Turtle's Tale

By Davis Ryan Cook, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Informative nature doc warns about humans' recklessness.

TV PBS Educational 2019
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In addition to painting a comprehensive and sometimes graphic (there are several images of dead, injured, and sick sea turtles) picture of the ways in which human recklessness towards the environment has caused harm for sea turtles around the world, Troubled Waters: A Turtle's Tale also shows the wider effects that these problems are currently causing on the natural world.

The documentary is extremely well made because of one main fact: how many voices it incorporates. It might have been one thing to make a movie about one small clinic's efforts to combat humans' damage on the world, but it is another and far more difference-making thing to show several different clinics whose employees are all working to alleviate the same damages (which is what Troubled Waters: A Turtle's Tale is). It's obvious how much effort the filmmakers put into proving the dire nature of their message that humans should do a better job at living mindfully in the world. Further, the documentary offers many small ways in which people can make a difference (e.g. buying more sustainable containers instead of just plastics). Overall, Troubled Waters: A Turtle's Tale is not only emotionally powerful, but also impeccably researched and influential towards creating the difference that it says is so important.

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