Category Archives: Films

Floating Gardens

Floating gardens in the Wetland Research and Training Centre (WRTC) run by the Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies. Captions and Photo source: ©© Aarjan Dixit, World Resources Institute


In Bangladesh, the ancient practice of floating gardens, beds of straw and water hyacinths on which crops are grown, is making a comeback in the face of increased floods.

WATCH: from The Gathering Storm Series: Floating Gardens, Bangladesh: a IRIN Video Documentary

Learn More, IRIN

Bangladesh: Finding Sustainable Ways to Cope with Sea Level Rise (Uploaded 11-08-2010)
As rising sea levels threaten to engulf more land across Bangladesh, NGOs are training thousands of farmers in traditional soil-less farming on water.

Shored Up, A Film By Ben Kalina

“Here’s the trailer for Shored Up, a documentary about the barrier islands of the U.S., featuring Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Surfers, scientists, politicians and residents help bring us a birds’ eye view of the beauty and danger of the living in these low-lying communities on our ocean’s edge. A Youtube Video Uploaded by : Mangrovemedia

Join us opening night at the Lighthouse Film Festival for the *Long Beach Island Premiere* of Shored Up!

To be followed by a Q&A with Director Ben Kalina.

June 6th, 2013 @ 7:00PM
The Surflight Theatre
201 Engleside Ave.
Beach Haven, NJ 08008

“To our friends and supporters, Shored Up is having its Long Beach Island Premiere right in the film’s primary location at the Lighthouse International Film Festival. We’re excited to share this special event with you and hope to see you there!

“Mangrove Media and Sub-Genre Films are sure to strike a chord with Long Beach Island-area residents” – Colleen Platt, Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch

Click here to read the rest of this great article on Shored Up in the NJ Patch!

Click here to buy tickets.

Present at the screening will be Director, Ben Kalina • Editor, Marc D’Agostino • Executive Producer, Brian Newman • Associate Producer, Morgan Beard

More exciting news:
Just had very successful West Coast Premiere at the San Francisco Green Film Festival. The Q&A was terrific, with many insightful questions about how we chose our approach to telling this story visually and from the perspective of content and themes. Many people noticed and appreciated how the film focussed on the local impacts of climate change – situating the global dilemma of sea level rise in a context people could wrap their heads around.

Shored Up is screening at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on June 18th. Although it is not open to the public, it will be attended by congressional staff and the press. It’s a very exciting opportunity for further exposure and meaningful discussion. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dianne Saenz from Climate Nexus. The panelists will be Kate White, from the US Army Corps of Engineers, Steve Ellis, Vice President of Taxpayers for Common Sense, Dr. Marcia McNutt, incoming editor-in-chief of Science Magazine, and Director Ben Kalina.”

Read More, US 2 Campaign

Shored Up, A Film By Ben Kalina

Shored Up: Superstorm Moves Film From Theoretical to Concrete, ABC News (Uploaded 11-26-2012)
In the documentary “Shored Up,” scientists warn that with a rising sea level, a major storm could put New Jersey’s barrier islands underwater and create devastating storm surges.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

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…

San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, 2013

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The mission of the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival is to inspire people to appreciate and care for the ocean by revealing its wonders through independent films…

WATCH: The 2013 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival Trailer.

The Film Festival Opens March-8-10, 2013: All films screen at the Bay Theater, on Pier 39, adjacent to the Aquarium of the Bay.

Must see films: 2013 Program

Filmaker Q & A: Angela Sun: Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The Battle of Midway Island in 1942 marked the turn of the tide in the Pacific War. Now, that island, home to thousands of Laysan Albatross, is at the center of a war against discarded plastic. Plastic Paradise is an exploration into the history of plastic: where it comes from, what it is used for, where it ends up. We talked with filmmaker Angela Sun about her experience creating Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which screens on Saturday, March 9, at 10:00 am, at the 2013 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.

Read Full Article and Learn More, Ocean Film Festival

Climate Change and Communities: An Example From Norway

A Youtube Video, uploaded on Mar 13, 2012 by: CostAdapt.

The CostAdapt Project is a transnational EU Northern Periphery Programme funded project concerning local communities adaptation to climate change at the coast.

Professor Andrew Cooper, University of Ulster, narrates this video on the problems facing Hammerfest kommune, Norway.

Featuring commentary by Tom Eirik Ness, Environmental Advisor, and Øyvind Sundquist, Planner, Hammerfest Kommune.

Climate Change and Communities: An example from the Outer Hebrides

A Youtube Video, uploaded on Mar 20, 2012 by: CostAdapt.

Professor Andrew Cooper, University of Ulster, narrates this video on the problems facing local communities in the Outer Hebrides.

Featuring commentary by Joanne Ferguson – Scottish Natural Heritage; Cllr. Peter Carlin – Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eiriosgaigh agus Uibhist a Deas); and Huw Francis – Stòras Uibhist.

Filming and editing by Vincent O’Callaghan on behalf of the University of Ulster’s, School Of Media, Film & Journalism.

Fragile Western Isles Ecosystem Under Threat
The traditional crofting way of life is under threat in Scotland’s Western Isles because of a fundamental misunderstanding of how Atlantic wave action affects their coastlines, a University of Ulster academic has revealed.