Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

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WATCH: Sand-Wars, Synopsis

An investigation documentary by Denis Delestrac (©-2013);
Produced by Rappi Productions and La compagnie des Taxi-Brousse;

Sand: Most of us think of it as a complimentary ingredient of any beach vacation. Yet those seemingly insignificant grains of silica surround our daily lives. Every house, skyscraper and glass building, every bridge, airport and sidewalk in our modern society depends on sand. We use it to manufacture optical fiber, cell phone components and computer chips. We find it in our toothpaste, powdered foods and even in our glass of wine (both the glass and the wine, as a fining agent)!

Is sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations?

Based on encounters with sand smugglers, barefoot millionaires, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun…

Sand-Wars / Le Sable: Enquête sur une Disparition: Film Documentary Worldwide Première: Tuesday May 28th, 2013, on: ARTE TV / France

Sand-Wars, Website

Sand Wars film premiered in Paris, in its french version: “Le Sable: enquête sur une disparition,” and was broadcasted on the european Arte Channel, May 28th, 2013, where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013.

Sand Wars movie expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish a Global Environmental Alert report in March 2014:
“Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks” (GEA- March 2014).
“*The idea for this publication came from the film documentary “Le Sable: enquête sur une disparition,” directed by Denis Delestrac and broadcast on Arte channel on May 28, 2013.”—UNEP

Le Sable, Enquête sur une Disparition (diffusion Mardi 28 mai) – Société et culture, ARTE TV
A la fin du XXIème siècle, toutes les plages auront disparu. Tel est le constat alarmant que posent de nombreux scientifiques et ONG.« Le Sable, enquête sur une disparition » est un éco-thriller d’investigation qui révèle la bataille méconnue que se livrent entrepreneurs, contrebandiers, écologistes, politiques et populations locales : l’exploitation du sable.

Let’s Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona
Denis Delestrac latest feature documentary, “Sand Wars” is an epic eco-thriller that takes the audience around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: we are running out of sand! In this TEDxBarcelona talk, he explains us where sand comes from and where it ends up…

A UNEP Report on Sand Mining: “Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks” (GEA- March 2014)
Sand Wars movie, released in 2013, directed by Denis Delestrac, expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish this Global Environmental Alert in March 2014…

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