Humanity has an uncertain symbiosis with the oceans that cover 3/4 of the globe. They’re an enormous tapped and untapped natural resource, but also threaten our shores with rising waves and unpredictable weather, even as they maintain a grip on the imagination. These films are all about our lives along the shores.


The Disquiet | 20 min | Lebanon | 2013

Directed by Ali Cherri

Lebanon has witnessed a number of violent earthquakes as a result of its geographical location on several fault lines. Through an investigation of the country’s seismic history, The Disquiet explores the catastrophe in the making.

Lulu: Story of a Pearl | 10 min | UAE | 2013

Directed by Shaikha Al Ameri and Mariam Khanji.

Pearls mean to different people. Once, pearls drove the Abu Dhabi economy. Now they’re returning in cultured form with new technology and help from Japan.

Return to the Sea | 11 min | UAE | 2014

Directed by Alexis Gambis

After so many years in a dormant state, a young man sets off on a long, perilous yet healing journey from the mountain to the sea where he conducts his most ambitious symphony piece ever undertaken. This is the journey through the young man’s brain waking up and recovering the ability to detect motion.

Slow Life | 4 min | Australia | 2014

Directed by Daniel Stoupin

Colorful ‘slow’ marine animals come to life with complex focus-stacking time-lapse techniques. Corals and sponges play crucial roles in the ocean ecosystems, yet our understanding of their daily lives is highly limited.

Green Matters | 11 min | Finland | 2011

Directed By Mia Mäkelä

In Green Matters, Mia Mäkelä approaches eutrophication of the Baltic Sea from a new angle. Her experiments with green algae, explore their possible use with traditional rug-making techniques.

Microscope Time-Lapse: Sugar Crystalizing out of Solution | 2 min | USA | 2014

Directed by Gary and Jason Greenberg

Microscope time-lapse: sugar crystalizing out of solution. Appreciation of the crystallization process as a beautiful quantum phenomenon.

Emergency Calls | 15 min | Finland | 2013

Directed by Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen

Being human is a fragile and fleeting opportunity to experience life and the universe around us. In the face of overwhelming darkness all we can do is to rely on and find solace in one another. This film is based on authentic emergency calls and radio traffic.