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On October 3rd, 2019, as part of the European Union Climate Diplomacy Week 2019, the European Union (EU) Delegation hosted a free screening of “Chasing Coral” movie to raise awareness on the severe impacts of climate change. The event was held back-to-back with a ceremony organised by the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union to reward the winners of a photo competition promoting climate action, organized in collaboration with the French Development Agency (AfD) and the European Union.
Around 200 youngsters attended the movie screening, among which are 150 students from universities in Hanoi.
The Ambassador of the European Union, Mr Giorgio Aliberti said: “We chose the movie because not only it’s an interesting documentary which showcases the underwater world, but also sends a strong message on the negative impacts of climate change. It is also in line with the growing awareness of Vietnam's society on the importance of the ocean and why we need to protect marine resources.”
‘Chasing Coral’ taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves.
The film was produced in over three years, with 500+ hours underwater, including footage from over 30 countries, and was made with the support of more than 500 people all over the world. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, ‘Chasing Coral’ is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.
Winner of various awards at multiple international film festivals, ‘Chasing Coral’ is considered one of the most worth watching environmental documentaries.
After seeing the movie, young audience were encouraged to recommend the movie to their friends, continue discussing and relaying the message on environment protection and climate change.