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Bahamian filmmaker releases "Atlas Calling" as an urgent call to protect the ocean
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Jun 17, 2016 - 5:51:59 PM

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Atlas Calling from eddyunderwater on Vimeo.


Award winning Bahamian filmmaker and underwater photographer Eddy Raphael has released his next short film based on the ocean, called ATLAS CALLING. The film was released for World Oceans Day.

Featured in the film is Rosie Poirier,  a Canadian student who came to The Bahamas to help with the Young Marine Explorers (YME) and to help educate young Bahamians about ocean conservation.

"I helped to make this film to convey an urgent message, that our oceans sustain all human life," said Rosie, "...giving the planet more than half of its oxygen, it gives us a climate we can live in, beauty, inspiration, new medicines, recreation and food, and it needs our help."

"This film conveys a message, but it also acts as an invitation. An invitation for those who hear the call to join us;  learn about the great importance of our oceans discover what’s happening in the oceans help protect the ocean realm and all its creatures join us - and stand together to save the living oceans that sustain us.

"I believe passionately that change can be achieved and that education is the key to this change. Education of our children, ourselves, and our future leaders."

Hear the call...

The story of Rosie Poirier

I was connected to water from a very young age. I loved to dive to the bottom of a pool, over and over, retrieving shells that my mother had thrown in, and she would tell me that I’d grow up to be a beautiful pearl diver.

Growing up in the middle of Canada I didn't even see the ocean until I was eleven - but when I did, I felt a deep rooted connection that has driven me ever since.

By the time I was 15 I had an intimate longing for the water. I followed my heart into a marine conservation scholarship, on a ship in The Caribbean. I dreamed of a career in marine science, and I've been discovering and creating opportunities to learn about the beautiful ocean environment ever since.

The story of the film

In the film, a young girl sits dreaming on the beach, and suddenly feels a strong and seductive calling which overcomes her, and she is drawn into the water.

Willingly she begins an ethereal journey, walking along the seabed to the source of the call and through an underwater sculpture garden.

A Lucayan Face, representing the history of the land, and foundation that the first indigenous settlers left in The Bahamas, and... The Virtuoso man, representing the older generation as he passes his torch of conservation to the next caretakers, the younger generation, with the hope that they will proudly protect their ocean.

At last the young girl arrives at the colossal underwater sculpture of a Bahamian girl, known as the Ocean Atlas. Awed by the sight, the girl stands speechless in her shadow, dropping to her knees in respect not just of the Atlas’s beauty, but of the strong message she conveys.

The Atlas sits majestically grounded in the sand, holding the weight of the water on her shoulders, proud and immovable, guarding her ocean.

Beginning to see her purpose, the young girl starts to understand her place. The Ocean Atlas has spoken to her, and she, in turn, has arisen to answer the call.

Directed and produced by Eddy Raphael

Starring - Rosie Poirier
Safety Diver and assistant to Ms. Poirier - Mallory Raphael
Behind the scenes camera - Katie Storr
Original content created for Storyhunter JRJ Films
Music by Kai Engel and Chris Zabriskie
Thanks to BREEF Bahamas Reef Environmental Educational Foundation
Underwater sculptors Jason DeCaires Taylor, Andret John, Willicey Tynes. 

Contact Eddy Raphael at  www.digitalseaweed.com

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