Sonic Sea Film Review

As Sonic Sea opened a giant whale’s eye rolled toward me filling the screen. The visceral sense of its loving soul brought gasps throughout the crowd. I’ve been in awe of these great mammals and their peaceful ways and often raise the question, are they not the greatest and wisest creatures inhabiting Mother Earth?  Whales lives extend decades beyond most humans, they travel and communicate the expanse of oceans, and they’ve developed in harmony with the planet to be peaceful giants, living in family pods for loving support.

How does the ability to build a skyscraper, capture rivers behind dams, catalog knowledge, or send death and destruction to faraway lands make humans the apex of intelligence? We’re so sure of ourselves and our supremacy over nature that we’re marching in lockstep toward self-destruction through accelerating loss of a liveable habitat for even ourselves.

Jacques Cousteau, one of the icons of my childhood, is remembered in Sonic Sea for his contributions and film, The Silent World, named for the experience of sound beneath the surface of the waves. A lot has changed in the last 50 years and sound tells the story in Sonic Sea, narrated by the people that really understand the ocean and the life there. We’re missing the mark on what the ocean really means to us and our future.

Sonic Sea is a masterpiece of scientific discovery revealing, with a tender heart, the world of sound that is our present day ocean. Sound is the nature of the liquid world.  Air is the perfect medium for light to travel, but underwater sound reigns supreme. From the songs of the pod, the roar of storms, the growl of a supertanker, a whale’s world is defined by what it hears.  Sonic Sea reveals great mysteries of the ocean to help us understand the care we must take to survive as a species.  We need to help the ocean become quiet once again for our own good.

To attend the Sedona Film Festival is to be treated to the incredible love this festival shows for films and filmmakers. It’s unique among festivals. The schedule excels at pairing great films and Sonic Sea was screened with Freightened, so take their excellent lead and see both films for a real education about our world, our oceans and ways our earth’s resources are being squandered.

Freightened tells us the story behind the international shipping of 90% of all goods we consume. This industry is bigger than the tech business but we don’t know any of the people behind it and they like it that way. Why is it more costly to buy local than to buy something from across the world?  Where are the hidden costs? Freightened confirms my gut instinct to reuse, recycle, repurpose, and buy local. 

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