Tuesday, April 4, 2017: FREIGHTENED
7:30 pm/ St. John School of the Arts
$5 donation / $5 raffle ticket
The raffle for this screening is being donated by Ocean Grill, Dancing Rooster
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FREIGHTENED – The Real Price of Shipping,
A 90-minute documentary by Denis Delestrac
FREIGHTENED reveals in an audacious investigation the mechanics and perils of cargo shipping; an all-but-visible industry that relentlessly supplies 7 billion humans and holds the key to our economy, our environment and the very model of our civilization.90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilization; without it, it would be impossible to fulfill the ever-increasing demands of our societies. Yet the functioning
and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all. Due to their size, freight ships no longer fit in traditional city harbors; they have moved out of the public’s eye, behind barriers and check points. The film answers questions such as: Who pulls the strings in this multi-billion dollar business? To what extent does the industry control our policy makers? How does it affect the environment above and below the water-line? And what’s life like for modern seafarers? Taking us on a journey over seas and oceans, FREIGHTENED reveals in an audacious investigation the many faces of world-wide freight shipping and sheds light on the consequences of an all-but-visible industry.
After launching his career as a writer and photographer in the United States, DENIS DELESTRAC stepped into filmmaking in 2001 when he met legendary photographer Steve McCurry, later to become the subject of The Face of the Human Condition. This was the first segment of the Nomads series that took the young director around the globe and forged his creative voice.
In 2009, he teamed with executive producer Mark Achbar (Director of The Corporation) and signed Pax Americana. It received numerous accolades and led Denis to his next film Sand Wars (Gold Panda, Greenpeace Prize, Gemini Award), an epic eco-thriller unveiling a disturbing fact: sand is the most consumed resource on Earth after water, and the world’s beaches are disappearing. In the recent Banking Nature (8 Awards, including the Greenpeace Prize 2016), he investigates how the same banks and institutions that provoked the 2008 meltdown are now seeing biodiversity and endangered species as the next financial Eldorado.
His films unstitch the hidden mechanics of our society, ones that blatantly stare us in the face and yet we are completely oblivious to. The force with which Delestrac exposes controversial issues has sparked public debate and influenced political decision-making internationally, positioning him as one of the most influential investigative filmmakers this past decade.