What is it about the ocean that so attracts us? Rediscover your relationship with the sea - take a sensory journey into the breathtakingly beautiful oceans of our planet, to explore what happens to the human body and mind in the deep dark blue. This strand explores free immersion apnea, the conservation of Indonesia's coral reefs, humans’ relationship with our mammalian cousins - whales and dolphins, and the importance of yoga and breathing for free-divers.
Act 1: Tidal Traces
Filmed on intertidal mudflats near Vancouver, Tidal Traces’ transports viewers into an ocean dance. Three characters explore a new and uncertain world — moving between tranquility and ominousness, beauty and peril. Tidal Traces is a collaboration between artist Nancy Lee and choreographer Emmalena Fredriksson.
- Nancy Lee, Emmalena Fredriksson, NFB Canada
Act 2: Dolphin Man VR: Three Ocean Stories
Join us for a sensory journey into the breathtakingly beautiful oceans of our planet to explore what happens to the human body and mind in the deep dark blue of the ocean. This series of 3 films explores free immersion apnea, conservation, and the importance of yoga and breathing for free-divers. Meet the most accomplished freedivers worldwide, William Trubridge, world record holder in freediving, Fabrice Schnöller, a cetacean researcher, and record-breaking yogi Sara Campbell.
- By Benoȋt Lichté
Act 3: Valen's Reef
Dive into crystal clear waters and experience one of the most beautiful coral reefs on Earth - Bird’s Head Seascape. Join local Indonesian fisherman-turned-coral-reef-scientist Ronald Mambrasar as he monitors the reefs with his young son, Valen. Ronald tells Valen the story of how the area was almost destroyed and how the community-led conservation initiative restored it. It’s hard to believe that, a little over a decade ago, these treasures were almost lost.
- By Conservation International, Here Be Dragons