Ocean Action Hub

7 June, Japan Society, New York, 1:30 - 4:45 PM and 

9 June, Columbia University, 1:30 - 4:45 PM

View photo gallery of the launch event here >

The global launch of the documentary Urban Bay: A Deep Dive into Rio de Janeiro’s Ocean took place on Weds, 7 June 2017 in New York, as a part of the first UN Ocean Conference. Produced in partnership between RIO+ Centre and Brazilian marine biologist/documentarist Ricardo Gomes, Urban Bay examines the marine life that exists under Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Guanabara Bay, a bay that has been shadowed in negative global attention during the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Despite popular thought that the bay is inhospitable, Ricardo Gomes shows that there is a diverse world of marine life in Rio de Janeiro’s bay, although we do not know how long this resiliency will last.

Urban Bay was screened at the Japan Society on Wednesday, 7 June as a UNDP side event to The Ocean Conference, and featured a brief discussion with Ricardo Gomes and UNDP representatives on the role of the ocean and marine life in sustainable development. UNDP RIO+ Centre in partnership with Columbia University will then host a public screening of the documentary on Friday 9 June from 1:30-4:45 PM at the Davis Auditorium at Columbia. A facilitated conversation will then follow the screening with participation from Gomes as well as Columbia professor Kartik Chandran on coastal cities and marine ecosystems.

In what was an avant-première, the Urban Bay documentary was also screened at the International Human Rights Film Festival on 2 June 2017 at 8:30 PM in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The objective of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos in Argentina is to present the best films that relate to social problems, the defense of human rights and environment from many points of view. The film was screened at the Centro Cultural de La Memoria Haroldo Conti in Buenos Aires.

Watch more of Urban Bay here.

Photo credit: Ricardo Gomes
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