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
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.