Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.

The film follows Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, on a
40-day pilgrimage down India’s once pristine Ganges river, now polluted and dying. Facing community opposition and personal doubts, Singh works to shut down factories, halt construction of dams, and rouse the Indian public to treat their sacred “Mother Ganga” with respect. Across the globe in northern Canada, Eriel Deranger mounts her own “David and Goliath” struggle against the world’s largest industrial development, the Tar Sands, an oil deposit larger than the state of Florida. A young mother and native Denè, Deranger struggles with family challenges while campaigning tirelessly against the Tar Sands and its proposed 2,000-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, which are destroying Indigenous communities and threatening an entire continent. And in Australia, inventor and entrepreneur Jay Harman searches for investors willing to risk millions on his conviction that nature’s own systems hold the key to our world’s ecological problems. Harman finds his inspiration in the natural world’s profound architecture and creates a revolutionary device that he believes can slow down global warming, but will it work.

Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view – part mirage, part miracle.

Title: Elemental
Country of Origin: USA
Year of completion: 2013
Duration: 93 min.
Format: DVD/Blu-Ray
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish

Film Credits:
Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Gayatri Roshan
Writer: Gayatri Roshan
Producers: Gayatri Roshan & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Photography: Emily Topper
Editor: Pedro Kos

Screening at:

  • September 13, 2014
    3:00 PM
    Santo Domingo Palacio de Cine – Ágora Mall

Biography of Director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee:

elemental_directorEmmanuel Vaughan-Lee is a director, producer, musician, and composer. He has directed and produced numerous award-winning films Elemental (2012), Yukon Kings (2013), Thousand Suns (2009), What Would It Look Like (2009), A Game For Life (2008), and Barrio de Paz (2007). He is also the founder and executive editor of The Global Oneness Project, a Webby Award-winning online magazine. Prior to his work in film, Emmanuel performed and recorded as a sideman with some of the biggest names in Jazz, as well as releasing two critically acclaimed records under his own name Previous Misconceptions (2002) and Borrowed Time (2005).

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