Directed by Jeff Orlowski
Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”—a sign of mass coral death—has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater.
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★★★★★ review by Siân on Letterboxd
What an absolutely gorgeous film. I've never seen ocean cinematography quite like this (but I'm not surprised considering how gorgeous Chasing Ice is). The doc manages to be informative, urgent, and even fun at times. This is thanks to the incredibly passionate team behind the project, including self-proclaimed coral nerd, Zack. I want to marry him, like I'm sure every other person in the audience did. Despite the urgency and general hopelessness (it DOES document the death of corals, after all), Chasing Coral is imbued with a sense of hope and a call to action.
★★★★ review by kwang on Letterboxd
SXSW Film #7
The Audience Award winner for Best Documentary at Sundance plays at SXSW, and I was fortunate to catch this informative and alarming look at the devastating state of coral reefs as a result of climate change and carbon emission. Until more individuals and corporations around the world switch to renewable energy, the underappreciated and lively coral reefs will not see another day. If you are able to, I would recommend watching this in IMAX when it comes out, is you will be swept away by the underwater photography.
★★★★ review by Terry on Letterboxd
Disheartening. Beautiful. Urgent.
Hope they reach their goal of reaching today's youth and turning them from environmentalists into activists
★★★★★ review by Ali Fujino on Letterboxd
★★★★ review by Sean Kelly on Letterboxd
There is a repeated theme in many films dealing with climate change, where there is a call to action saying that it is not too late to make a change. While these statements often fall on deaf ears, it doesn't lessen the impact of Chasing Coral, which demonstrates how climate changes affects more than just the weather. Without a healthy ocean, you don't have a healthy planet, so here' hoping this film causes some real change involving the use of fossil fuels.
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