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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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