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Movies That Matter On Tour – Deep Rising

14 January @ 3:00 pm 5:00 pm

To power the green economy, a new frontier is found for extracting minerals: the deep sea. But mining the ocean floor may have enormous unforeseen consequences. And who really owns the deep sea anyway? With amazing, otherworldly images, and fantastically narrated by Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Game of Thrones).

Event Overview

On Tour is a spin-off of the Movies that Matter Festival. Each year, they select eight great festival titles that they aim to offer a wide platform throughout the country. In cooperation with (currently) seventeen film theatres and local volunteer groups, they screen a film or documentary that matters, every month from October to May. The screenings are accompanied by in-depth programmes and guest speakers arranged by local groups. In this way, dialogue and broadening perspectives in local contexts is encouraged.

Film Summary

‘The future is metallic,’ Gerard Barron, CEO of Deep Green Resources, tells potential investors. His company is developing ways to extract metallic nodules from the ocean floor, which he claims will open the pathway to a sustainable planet. According to Barron, the world’s imminent electric car boom can be fully energized by these deep sea treasures.

Barron’s green pitch gathers much enthusiasm. However, experts like marine geologist Sandor Mulsow are fiercely against mining the ocean bottom. These minerals are crucial to sustaining the ocean biodiversity – which in turn is crucial to sustaining life on earth. Besides, the deep seas are determined by treaty to be ‘common heritage of humankind’ – in other words: owned by us all. But the organization that should defend this status, seems easily manipulated. And are the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea, whose livelihoods are threatened by the practice, listened to at all?


DIRECTOR – Matthieu Rytz

TYPE – Documentary

COUNTRY – United States

YEAR – 2023

DURATION – 93 minutes



Filmhuis Den Haag

Spui 191
Den Haag, 2511 BN Netherlands
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