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Who Rules the Sea?

Catalogue Number:  A218-009
Producer:  ARTE France, Mano à Mano
Producers:  Arte France & Mano a mano
Subject:  Business Studies, Canadian World Studies, Documentary, Economics, Global Studies, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  France
Copyright Year:  2015
Running Time:  55:58

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Our world is essentially maritime. The sea unites us, feeds us, transports us. It covers 3/5 of our planet, and it is the oceans that carry 90% of all the products we need.

This film is a journey into the heart of a global economy that in spite of its size is almost invisible in everyday life. From its beginnings to the giant and automated factories that sail the oceans today with massive vessels, endless miles of terminals docking container after container of merchandise, we discover the fragility of this oceanic flow of goods.

From Piraeus to Marseille, Hamburg, Shanghai and Brussels and at sea, the film explores  the pulse of shipping in the 21st century.

"The sea ... you will always cherish the sea.  The sea is your mirror, you contemplate your soul in the infinite ebb and flow," wrote Baudelaire. Today it is the global economy that is reflected in the mirror of the oceans. 

Also available in French: Qui contrôle la mer?

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