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The Sea & Me / A Journey through the Eyes of the Reef

Australia – 2015

Biodiversity Short Films Films


  • Wednesday, September 14 - 9:00am
    Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Santo Domingo
  • Wednesday, September 14 - 3:00pm
    Iván García Teatro Escuela, Puerto Plata/Sosua
  • Thursday, September 15 - 11:00am
    Colegio Bilingue New Horizons, Santo Domingo
  • Friday, September 16 - 8:00am
    Liceo Francés de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo

From the east coast of Australia to the far west, the country’s oceans are facing a number of man-made pressures. The Sea and Me and A Journey through the Eyes of the Reef are just two stories out of a series of short documentaries, showing Australians coming together from all walks of life to show how marine parks and sanctuary areas can help to heal our oceans, allowing marine life to thrive once more.

Directors: Danielle Ryan and James Sheerwood

Country: Australia

Year: 2015

Duration: 28 min / 16 min

Language: English

Subtitles: Spanish


The_Sea_&_Me_Director_4Danielle Ryan and James Sheerwood

James and Danielle are grassroots documentary-makers, who live in Sydney, Australia. Together, they have won about eight film festival awards. They have tackled a range of tough social issues in their works ranging from wildlife poaching to child labor on their journeys through Central America for broadcast television, to issues looking at Australia’s marine protected areas. James has worked in film and television his whole work life and has a marine science degree, while Danielle comes from a creative writing and journalism background. They love the sea, and are just thrilled to have met so many fascinating people on their adventures around Australia and overseas, while collecting true stories and demystifying the issues and science around some of today’s biggest challenges.

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