Birthplace of the Winds
Jon Bowermaster, 26 min, USA
A sea kayaking journey through the heart of Alaska's Aleutian chain, one of the loneliest, wildest, and least known places on Earth and home to some of the world's original kayakers. The goal of these four adventurers is to battle wind, rain, and fog to visit the Islands of Four Mountains and climb their volcanoes.
Dean Hamer, 8 min, USA
Meet Tom Morey, inventor of the boogie board in 1972, and witness the fun of bodyboarding off the coast of Waimea Bay on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The foam board has made wave riding a universal sport for all ages. ?" JC
The Rapa Nui Had a Dream
Gerard Bonnet, 55 min, France
(Les Rapa Nui ont fait un reve — Special Jury Mention, FIFMEE 2006, Toulon, France)
Its virgin forests may be gone and, as a colony of Chile, much of it is now a national park, but Easter Island's indigenous people, the Rapa Nui, remain. Descendants of the Maori of New Zealand, their dream is to restore and preserve their native culture. Decades of abuse by colonizers, combined with the influence of modern life, have almost made the dream a nightmare. But not quite.
Seas of Change
Perry Pickert, 28 min, USA
No fish, no fishery, but how can a fisherman resist a gathering of fish so dense that a good catch is guaranteed? In the Virgin Islands a few years back, not many did. The result: Nassau grouper disappeared. Other species were headed for the same fate, until the government, scientists, and fishermen together decided a little TLC would be a good idea.