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CIFF 2013: The Last Ocean

This eco-documentary focuses on the Ross Sea, a body of water in Antarctica and the "most pristine" marine environment on Earth.

Eco-documentary follows ecologists in bid to protect Ross Sea, Antarctica's untouched body of water

The documentary showcases the work of several ecologists as they make a case to protect the Ross Sea. (The Last Ocean/YouTube )

This eco-documentary focuses on the Ross Sea, a body of water in Antarctica. It’s the "most pristine" marine environment on Earth, unsullied by industry, fishing and pollution.

Seeing divers under the ice in Ross Sea experience clear water with no particulate matter or waves — in blue light cathedrals with icy sculptural perfection — is awe-inspiring.- Mario Trono 

The film follows the life work of several ecologists who travel to the Ross Sea each year to study the seals, penguins, killer whales and rare Antarctic Tooth Fish that thrive there. The Tooth Fish (also called Chilean Seabass) has become a delicacy in parts of the world and demand means dedicated fishing fleets, some with few environmental scruples.

Showtimes

Monday at 7:15 p.m.

Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market 

The ecologists make a case for legal protection of the sea such as a conservation. Grocery chain Safeway agrees not to carry the fish. But fleets around the world still make incursions in the area. Can an international agreement be reached? 

See it or not?

People care for the environment but may be fatigued by the sheer weight of issues out there. That said, this film’s second half is strong enough to inspire and to move you to purposive action.

Seeing divers under the ice in Ross Sea experience clear water with no particulate matter or waves — in blue light cathedrals with icy sculptural perfection — is awe-inspiring. It's enough to give one strength for the political fight to protect this ecosystem, or at least garner emotional and moral support.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mario Trono

Calgary Eyeopener movie reviewer

Mario Trono, a confessed visual culture addict, is a film and art reviewer obsessed with finding interesting things to look at and tell people about. He daylights as a film professor at Mount Royal University. You can follow him on Twitter at @MarioTrono and hear his DVD reviews Friday at 6:50 a.m. MT on the Calgary Eyeopener.

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