Screening Room

MIPCOM Picks 2013: “Sand Wars”

While humanity's cavalier attitude towards our home planet's natural resources is well documented, it may surprise many to learn that we are in danger of a serious sand shortage.
September 1, 2013

Partners: La Compagnie des Taxi Brousse, Rappi Productions, InformAction Film with the participation of ARTE, Télé Québec, RTS, A+ Finances, CNC, Government of Canada / Government of Québec, Prociprep-Angoa, Santa Aguila Foundation; distributed by PBS International

Length: 1 x 52 minutes; 1 x 75 minutes

Aired: May 2013 (ARTE)

Rights available: All rights, worldwide

 

While humanity’s cavalier attitude towards our home planet’s natural resources is well-documented, it may surprise many to learn that we are in danger of a serious sand shortage. Due to high demand from the global construction industry and others, our sand reserves are rapidly depleting, with three-quarters of the world’s beaches in decline, and sand smuggling now a reality. What we’ve perhaps considered to be an infinite resource, and have used as a foundation for our very existence, is disappearing under our feet. Directed by French journalist and filmmaker Denis Delastrac, Sand Wars effectively illustrates how, once again, we as a species are in grave danger of losing what we take for granted.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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