Tidewater explores the challenge of sea level rise in Virginia and North Carolina, encompassing Hampton Roads, arguably the region whose vulnerability most affects our overall national security. An area rich in diversity and historical significance, it is the second most vulnerable community in the U.S. to sea level rise, after New Orleans. Tidewater will highlight the innovative whole-of-government problem-solving model being pioneered by local leaders.
Rainmakers of Nganyi
Researchers at Kenyan universities were faced with a problem: the weather forecasts that they were providing weren’t being taken seriously. The people did not trust the scientific forecasts and listened only to traditional rainmakers. So the researchers began to use rainmakers as communication agents in an attempt to convince people to listen to their forecasts. But then they started to notice striking similarities between their predictions and those of the rainmakers. Were they really forecasters? Were they really meteorologists? And can they make it rain?
The Call from the Sea
The Bajau are an indigenous, sea nomadic group that live on top of the ocean in Indonesia. This short documentary looks at the ocean through the Bajau’s eyes. A poetic, personal story about the fragile state of the ocean and the people who live closest to it.