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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.

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