Calving Glaciers (Greenland)
EQI & Jakobshavn glaciers
Reel Duration: 10’44”
The sudden breaking off of massive ice chunks from the edge of a glacier is an extraordinary sight.
In our time of global warning, it is also an alarming one: a clear indication that we are heating up the planet at an alarming rate.
In this reel are views of the Eqi Glacier in West Greenland, the most frequently calving glacier, as well as aerial views of the Jakobshavn glacier, one of the fastest shrinking glaciers and the most productive of icebergs in the world.
This massive chunk of ice covering Greenland, the biggest island on the planet, accounts for around 10 percent of the frozen freshwater on Earth. If all that were to melt, it could raise global sea levels more than 20 feet.
Music by Jeff Trueman (Gravity Sounds).
Climate Change Views
Excerpt of INUIT LANDS The Melting Point
Interview of Jason Box
Reel Duration: 1’59”
Jason Box American, lives in Copenhagen
Jason Eric Box is professor in glaciology at the Geological survey of Denmark and Greenland.
Jason Box is an important publisher in the space: for five consecutive years (2008-2012) he was the lead author of the Greenland section of NOAA’s annual State of the Climate report.
He also was a contributing author to the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications focused on ice climate interactions.
He is also one of the members of the team doing field work for the Extreme Ice Survey and has led the Dark Snow Project, the first Internet crowd-funded Arctic expedition.
He has made more than 20 expeditions to Greenland since 1994, has spent more than one year on Greenland ice as a result of these expeditions.
Excerpt of INUIT LANDS The Melting Point
Interview of Minik Rosing
Reel Duration: 2’35”
Minik Rosing, Inuit Native. lives in Copenhagen
Minik Rosing, an Inuit Native, is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Biology at SDU and Professor at Geological Museum and Natural History Museum at University of Copenhagen.
Professor Minik Rosing is also a well-known keynote speaker and author of several books:
“The Journey to the Morning of the Times” (2018)
“My Childhood in Greenland” (2016)
“Alicja Kwade: In Aporie” (2019)
“The World Picture” (2008) with Per Kirkeby and a myriad of scientific articles.
He was recently awarded with one of Denmark’s largest communication prizes: Svend Bergsøe Foundation’s Intermediary Prize of DKK 100,000.
Professor Minik Rosing was one of the leaders of the Galathea 3 Expedition. He is the man behind the analysis of Isua sediment, pointing out that photosynthesis already took place 3.7 billion years ago.
Drought and Fires Impacts (California)
Reel Duration: 7’22”
Water runs our world and it has been taken for granted especially in the American land of plenty and in particular in the American West, until a couple of decades ago.
In this reel, the parched, dusty landscape of Central California is dotted with billboards along its highways warning of forest fires like they were the coming apocalypse.
“Wildfire is coming. Are you ready?”
Trucks and trailers barrel past the foreboding signs. No one cares to stop long enough to survey the dry bleakness that has overtaken farms, grazing land, and now bumps up against trailer parks and suburban ranch homes.
This 7 years drought is unlike any seen before in the region.
These footage were taken in 2015.
Music by Jeff Trueman (Gravity Sounds)
Reel Duration: 6’22”
In September 2015, wild fires burnt across Northern and Central California.
This reel from 2015 captures people from the Mountain Range area in Central California as they return to their homes and businesses to assess the fire damage.
Solar & Wind (California)
Solar & Wind
Nevada, California. USA
Reel Duration: 9’36”
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a concentrated solar thermal plant in the California Mojave Desert, 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas, with a gross capacity of 392 megawatts. The facility formally opened on February 13, 2014, and it is currently the world’s largest solar thermal power station.
Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm is one of the first large-scale wind farms installed in the U.S.
This area hosts a multitude of wind farms, comprising one of California’s largest wind resource areas.
These initiatives and other great ideas are helping to decentralize the power grid and reduced its carbon footprint. And the pace of change is accelerating worldwide.
India, China, USA, Greenland, Jordan, Syria.
Reel Duration: 23’04”
A random selection and combination of footage shot in different parts of the world (including India, China, the Middle East and the USA), between 2004 and 2016 make up this reel. The idea is to evoke the Global World and the subsequent disparity of economic experiences and impacts that our humanity faces today.
From the slums of Mumbai (Bombay) to the new high rise buildings in China, through ships, and cargo tankers, and to our imminent climate change challenges, the other side of the global economy emerges on screen when assembled next to each other.
Where are we going from here?
West Bengal /China
Lohachara Island. West Bengal, INDIA
West Bengal, India
Reel Duration: 23′ 42”
All around the globe sea levels are rising, providing a further reminder of global connectedness.
This reel was shot in West Bengal (India) near the Lohachara Island in March 2016.
West Bengal is a state situated in the eastern part of India, which shares its international border with Bangladesh, apart from Nepal and Bhutan.
Lohachara Island is located on the Hooghly River and is part of the Sundarban delta in the Sundarban National Park.
6,000 people once lived here and it is now uninhabitable.
The loss of land has created thousands of displaced people in the area who were forced to move to the mainland.
There are multiple causes of these disappearing islands in the delta, including sea-level rise, coastal erosion, cyclones mangrove destruction and coastal flooding.
The Three Gorges Dam (China)
The Ghosts of the Three Gorges (excerpt)
Standard Definition 720p.
Reel duration: 3’30”
This footage of the Three Gorges was shot during my first Chinese travels in South West of China on the Yang Tse River from Wuhan to Chongking.
This is an excerpt of “The Ghosts of the three Gorges”
26′ documentary, completed in the summer of 2008.
The voice over was added later on, for a travelogue film festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2008.
I cared much more about the visuals and the story underneath.
This latter influenced my work related to Chinese policies not just in Tibet but also in the entire Western part of China.
Standard Definition 720p.
Reel duration: 12’15”
Rain harvest 26’ film was a commission from the NGO ICIMOD based in Kathmandu.
It is ironic one can think that water would be an issue in countries like Nepal who has some of the highest mountains ranges in the world and the most snowy peaks of the Himalayas.
But it is.
There too, the glaciers are shrinking, and the amount of water available at the foothills is receding with an increasingly drier tropical climate.
This program focuses specifically on new alternative and sustainable methods of “harvesting” rainwater, very abundant during monsoons for agriculture purposes.
WATER’S WARS Series (Middle East. Jordan, Syria, Lebanon))
Footage from the “Water’s Wars Series” (2004)
Shot like Newsreels this footage explores different aspects of the water issues in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, in 2004.
Between a Rock and a Hard place
“Water’s Wars” project
Reel duration: 2′ 06″
In arid regions throughout the world, water system security is at a tipping point due to a confluence of drivers that include severely limited water supplies, rapid population growth and demographic shifts, climate change and variability, transboundary competition for shared freshwater resources, and institutional dysfunction.
This excerpt here shown, is related to Jordan, and was made in collaboration with the Ministries of Water and Irrigation of Jordan and the Royal Film Commission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The series also received the support of Suez Environment (France) which acquired footage of water installations in Jordan in 2005.
The Disi Water Project (Jordan)
The overarching challenge is to sustain the human-natural system in the presence of rapid environmental and socioeconomic change. This interdisciplinary effort is aimed at developing a new approach to evaluate policies to enhance sustainability of freshwater resource systems. at the time of production, our research was focused on Jordan, which is one of the ten water poorest countries in the world.
The Disi Water Conveyance Project is a water supply project in the Jordanian desert. It is designed to pump 100,000,000 cubic meters of water per year from the Disi aquifer.
The Disi project was built mainly to alleviate water shortages in the region. It was a pioneer in water management when these footage were filmed in 2004.
Since then, an independent study revealed the water to be radioactive and potentially dangerous to drink, surrounding the project with new controversy.
From the Water’s Wars project
These footage were made in collaboration of with the ministry of Water in Beirut.
The semi edited footage are only available upon request because of sensitive content.
The Miracle of Water (Turkey)
“The Miracle of Water” is a 26′ film that I shot in the southwest of Turkey in 2003 in the GAP region of the Euphrates and Tigris (the region of the big dams).
It was prized at the “Festival de l’Eau” Festival of Water, in Paris, France in 2003 and in Montreal, Canada.