Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Chasing Coral (2017)

Director: Jeff Orlowski. 93 min. Documentary.

Another climate change documentary? That's the thought you start out with - especially after Chasing Ice (the film that motivated the main players here to seek cinematic documentation) was overshadowed by the shock of An Inconvenient Truth. But be patient, and you'll find the a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words message of Chasing Coral disturbing, heartbreaking, and revolting, as researchers show through simple but arduous underwater photography how coral reefs (upstream food source for 500,000 people around the world) are rapidly dying. This might become the first time you'll cry for a plant. And to think some narcissistic idiot recently pulled out of the Paris Accords ...

PS: It's by the same director of Chasing Ice. Expecting a third "Chasing" movie to complete a trilogy.

Mo says:


  1. The best documentary I have seen all year but very disturbing. I know it ended on a positive note but I can't help thinking it's already too late.

    Whatever happens I will never forget this great film. Surely it must win multiple awards!

    Thanks for reviewing this Mohsen, otherwise I would be unaware of its existence.

    1. You're very welcome. I can easily imagine an Best Documentary Oscar nomination.

      This is as far as the educating power of cinema goes. And if the emotional aspect of learning science through movies hasn't got us anywhere, then yes, I too believe we have already reached the point of no return on climate change.