April 22, 2015

Ocean Night: ‘Sand Wars’ plus ‘North of the Sun’

In making North of the Sun, Inge Wegge (25) and Jørn Ranum (22) spent nine months of cold, Norwegian winter in the isolated and uninhabited bay of a remote, arctic island by the coast of Northern-Norway, facing nothing but the vast Atlantic Ocean.

There, they built a cabin out of driftwood and other cast-off materials that washed up on shore, and ate expired food the stores would otherwise have thrown away. But the boys brought with them two items of utmost importance: Their surfboards… Because the remote bay holds a well kept secret: Some of the world’s finest waves.

Sand Wars is a surprising investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet. Three-quarters of the world’s beaches are in decline and disappearing due to erosion and sand smuggling.

Yes, smuggling bands – or “sand mafias” – plunder beaches and rivers for this highly prized commodity. It is an elementary particle that is the foundation of our modern development. Sand is seen as a free material, a staple of holidays spent on the shore, in unlimited supply. But is this omnipresent material inexhaustible? Can the available quantity match an ever-increasing demand that is constantly fed by the need for human lodging and expansion? What will be the consequences of sand extraction on the environment and life on the planet?  Witness this new gold rush firsthand.

Arcata Theatre Lounge
Thursday, May 7
doors 6:30pm movies 7pm
all ages
$3
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