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June 5, 2018 > Documentary targets endangered reefs

Documentary targets endangered reefs

Submitted By Sharat G. Lin

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. ?Chasing Coral? follows a team of divers, scientists, and photographers in their quest to discover why. The 2017 film will be shown Saturday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m. at Niles Discovery Church.

The film reveals the devastating losses to these sprawling underwater cities of interconnected life forms. Time-lapse photography captures coral bleaching in progress at key locations on the Great Barrier Reef off the northeastern coast of Australia. Coral bleaching, where coral reefs lose their natural color, signals the gradual death of coral colonies.

Directed by Jeff Orlowski, Chasing Coral took three-and-a-half years to shoot. It required over 500 hours of underwater footage, volunteer coral monitors in 30 countries, and support from more than 500 others around the world.

It?s not all bad news. The film takes an optimistic look at protecting healthy reefs and regenerating reefs in the future. There will be an audience discussion afterward led by Tarrah Henrie, a senior scientist at Corona Environmental Consulting.

This screening is made possible by Organizing for Action. The Second Saturday Documentary Series is co-sponsored by Niles Discovery Church and the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. Learn more about the series at

Chasing Coral
Saturday, Jun 9
1:30 p.m.
Niles Discovery Church
36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont
Free and open to the public

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