Sand: an investigation into a disappearance. Shown last night on ARTE, the European culture channel, this superb documentary by Denis Delestrac has already made waves. It has also provided me with a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction – last year, Denis filmed a long piece of yours truly holding forth on the topic and extracted a number of choice selections for inclusion in the documentary. So, last night, for the first time, I sat and watched myself on TV…..
The film also includes wise words from, amongst others, Orrin Pilkey, Professor Emeritus of Geology at Duke University, whose work I have highlighted several times in this blog. The documentary can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.arte.tv/guide/fr/046598-000/le-sable-enquete-sur-une-disparition – in French, but it has been taken up by PBS in the US, so watch out for the English version being broadcast. Originally titled Sand Wars, it does a great job of raising awareness of an environmental issue rarely brought to the public’s attention – the way that we exploit our unsung hero is not sustainable.
Thank you Denis!