Sand Wars

Screening & Panel Discussion

SFIOFF is pleased to announce a special screening of Sand Warswinner of the 2014 SFIOFF Environment Award at the 11th Annual SFIOFF. In partnership with Green Planet Films, SFIOFF presents a special evening with French writer and director Denis Delestrac and his multi-award-winning film Sand Wars on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. Join us as we take a journey around the world to witness the devastating effects of the sand "gold rush." 

See the Film, Meet the Filmmaker

Denis Delestrac

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After the screening, learn more about the sand issues facing the world and our own local Bay Area beaches in a panel discussion with the filmmaker.


More About Disappearing Sands

Seventy percent of the world's beaches are in decline. Entire islands are disappearing. Sand smuggling is a major factor.

With skyrocketing demand for sand as consumption and construction increases, "sand mafias" are increasingly plundering beaches and rivers for this highly prized commodity.

Sand in Daily Life

Sand has quietly infiltrated every corner of our world. It is melted and transformed into glass. It's in homes, skyscrapers, airports, bridges, and sidewalks.

Sand is also the source of silicon dioxide, a mineral used in products like:

Wine Cosmetics
Paper Toothpaste
Dehydrated foods Cleaning products & detergents

A Finite Resource

Sand, that staple of seaside holidays, is seen as freely available, unlimited in supply. But as the world grows, can the available quantity meet an ever-increasing demand?

What will be the consequences of sand extraction and smuggling? How will this affect the environment and life on our planet?

See the film that has won eight awards and screened at 33 film festivals worldwide, and is the most-watched documentary on major European broadcast network ARTE.

Sand Wars

Written and directed by Denis Delestrac

Produced by Guillaume Rappeneau, Laurent Mini, Karim Samaï, and Nathalie Barton

Filmed on location in France, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Morocco, Singapore, United States (California, Florida, North Carolina), United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom.

Where:             Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center

When:              Tuesday, January 20, 2015
                         6:00 p.m.: Doors open
                         7:00 p.m.: Program begins

Tickets:            Buy tickets
                         $15.00 for adults
                         $10.00 for students & seniors
                         $8.00 for children 12 & under

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