Competition Documentary Feature
Directed by: Christopher Smith
USA/Malaysia, 2020, 87m
At this moment in history, when people all around the world feel disempowered and unable to stop the relentless attacks on the environment, eco-thriller Current Sea reminds audiences that the actions of a few dedicated people can positively affect the world, while it also reveals the ethical dimensions and complexities of doing activist conservation work. When investigative journalist Matt Blomberg and ocean activist Paul Ferber team up, the drama of their dangerous and sometimes controversial efforts to create a second marine conservation area in Cambodia unfolds. These environmental crusaders risk bodily harm to confront the hordes of illegal Vietnamese fishing vessels that scrape the ocean floor clean every night—habitat destruction that includes the depletion of seahorses. Along the way, the eco-activists help establish a new generation of Cambodian environmentalists inspired to create a better life for their people.
Gifted wildlife photographers and intrepid ecologists brave the tangles of the Florida Everglades to discover the unknown pollinators of the rare and beautiful ghost orchid in this stunningly shot scientific mystery.