After fresh water, sand is the most consumed natural resource on the planet. As a logical consequence of this exploitation, sand's limited reserves are threatened today.
Sand Wars triggered by building booms, are raging everywhere in the world and 3/4 of the planet's beaches are in decline and bound to disappear, victims of erosion and - as hard it might be to comprehend - smuggling. Most of us see sand as a free material, a staple of holidays spent on the shore, in unlimited supply. Sand is everywhere around us, be it beach, desert or town. Every house, every skyscraper with a dazzling glass front, all our bridges, airports and sidewalks - are basically made of sand. We use it as well to make fiber optic cable, mobile phone components and computer chips. We even slip some into our toothpaste, our powered food, our glass of wine. But is this omnipresent material inexhaustible? Can the available quantity match an ever-increasing demand that is constantly fed by the need for human?...
EKO Film 2013
Best movie - Inspiration Category
Sishuan TV Festival 2013
Gold Panda for Best Nature & Environment Protection Award
Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival 2013
Golden Sun for Best documentary
Japan Prize NHK 2013
2nd Prize - Welfare Education Category
Festival du Film Vert 2014
Switzerland Greenpeace Prize
San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival 2014
Monte Carlo 33rd International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary
Official selection of the 10 finalist documentaries
Banff World Media Festival 2014
Rockie Award for Best Environmental and Wildlife Program
Prix Gémeaux 2014
Award for Best Documentary – Nature & Science Category
Blue Ocean Film Festival 2014
Nominated for Marine Science Category
Bristol Wildscreen Festival 2014
Nominated for Panda Awards - Environment & Conservation Category
Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2015
Winner: Environmental Award and Festival Honorable Mention
Green Me Film Festival 2015
Winner: Soil Film Award
Winner: "Impact Prize" 2015
Cayman International Film Festival
Winner: Best Environmental Film 2015
Original title Le Sable, Enquête Sur Une Disparition
Documentary Film 74' | 2013
A France-Canada coproduction by La Compagnie des Taxi Brousse, Rappi Production, Informaction Film with the participation of Arte.
Télé Québec, RTS, A+ Finances, CNC, Government of Canada / Government of Québec, Prociprep-Angoa, Santa Aguila fondation.
International dist. by PBS.
A film by Denis Delestrac
Director of Photography Marc M Sarrado