Chasing Coral

Documentary Films | 2017 | 94 minutes

SIFF Says:

Coral reefs are disappearing worldwide. Sadly, this isn’t fiction, but reality. In his latest documentary, Chasing Coral, filmmaker Jeff Orlowski and his crew travel to coral reefs near Bermuda, Australia, and American Samoa to explore the devastating phenomenon. The film is driven by spectacular cinematography. Vibrant coral reefs―colorful nexuses of aquatic life―are captured beautifully, which makes it even more distressing to be exposed to the ones that aren’t thriving. Desolate and lifeless, dying reefs resemble a graveyard, a far cry from their former glory. As a filmmaker, Orlowski views himself as a translator for the scientific community; it can be hard for people to wrap their minds around charts and numbers, but when people are shown visuals that tell the same story, they understand it completely. Films like this can have a profound impact. Chasing Coral doesn’t merely open our eyes to the reality of dying coral reefs, it presents indisputable visual evidence that evokes an emotional response―the kind, we hope, that leads to change.

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Film Credits
Jeff Orlowski
Andrew Ackerman, Pim Bongaerts, Neal Cantin, Phil Dustan
SIFF 2017