Most of us think of sand as a necessary ingredient for any beach vacation. Yet those seemingly insignificant grains of silica surround our daily lives. Every house, skyscraper and glass building, every bridge, airport and sidewalk in our modern society depends on sand. We use it to manufacture optical fiber, cell phone components and computer chips. We find it in our toothpaste, powdered foods and even our wine (both the glass and the wine, as a fining agent)! Is sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation by award-winning director Denis Delestrac takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “sand wars” have begun.
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The Immortal Beaver
The story behind the restoration of a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver bush plane that was abandoned in the Arizona desert for decades. Featuring contributions by actor and keen pilot...
The Water Brothers
Two young eco-adventurer brothers, Alex and Tyler Mifflin, travel the world to explore our relationship with water - what are the problems and where will the solutions come from?...
Just Eat It
"Dining out" takes on a whole new meaning in Just Eat It. After seeing how much of our food is wasted, Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer, whose previous film The Clean Bin Project followed...
Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH
Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH is a ground-breaking, six episode documentary series set in Vancouver General Hospital’s emergency room. A...
A Park For All Seasons
Immerse yourself in the beauty of our country’s spectacular national parks. This series explores the history, diversity and ecology of Canada’s natural treasures. You’ll...
Secret Disco Revolution
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Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
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Goldman Sachs: The Bank that Runs the World
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