Ocean Tales: Films for World Water Day

Water makes up around 71% of the Earth’s surface. It links together everything in the world. 22 March marks World Water Day. Here are five short films exploring its impact on us as humans – whilst highlighting how plastic waste is threatening ocean health.

The Beauty

Pascal Schelbli takes us on a poetic journey through the oceans, which are simultaneously stunning and filthy. This film plunges viewers into the mysterious depths of a polluted blue sea – where whales become plastic bottles and fish are made from bubble wrap.

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Fishwitch

A stop motion fairy tale in which Derek, an aquatic creature, tries to win the heart of Tootega, an isolated sea-witch living on an iceberg adrift in the ocean. Adrienne Douley’s animation highlights the imaginative power of underwater landscapes.

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Across Still Water

Losing his sight to an incurable disease, John considers his future and casts his line for carp at the bottom of London’s mysterious hidden lakes. Bodies of water, and the opportunities they provide, are essential to Ruth Grimberg’s short.

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Somersault Pike

Dark fears and high hopes drive a young competitive diver as she faces the 10 metre platform. Kate Lefoe’s ‘Somersault Pike’ takes viewers from the top of the jump to the eventual plunge. A cinematic insight into watersport psychology.

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A Million Waves

Kadiatu Kamara is the only female surfer in Sierra Leone. When her father died two years ago, KK was left to face the Ebola epidemic alone. Daniel Ali and Louis Leeson’s film shows the power of water as a space for expression and release.

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