The Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches presents “Sand Wars”, a documentary by award-winning director Denis Delestrac, this coming Wednesday, April 9th, at the Miami Beach Cinematheque at 7:00 p.m.
Synopsis from SandWars:
“Most of us think of it as a complimentary ingredient of 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 in our glass of 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 and the neighboring populations?
Based on encounters with sand smugglers, barefoot millionaires, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.”
Miami Beach Cinematheque is located at 1130 Washington AV, Miami Beach. From downtown Miami, Bus 103 picks up along Biscayne Blvd at Bayfront Park or Bayside Marketplace, and stops on Washington AV at 11 Street. On the beach, use the South Beach Local. See you there!