Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

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Jeff Orlowski
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Andrew Ackerman Andrew Ackerman ... Self
Pim Bongaerts Pim Bongaerts ... Self - Additional Featured Scientist
Neal Cantin Neal Cantin ... Self - Additional Featured Scientist
Phil Dustan Phil Dustan ... Self - Scientific Advisor
Mark Eakin Mark Eakin ... Self - Chief Scientific Advisor
Ruth Gates Ruth Gates ... Self - Scientific Advisor
Manuel González-Rivero Manuel González-Rivero ... Self - Additional Featured Scientist
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg Ove Hoegh-Guldberg ... Self - Chief Scientific Advisor
Joanie Kleypas Joanie Kleypas ... Self - Scientific Advisor
Justin Marshall Justin Marshall ... Self - Scientific Advisor
Trevor Mendelow Trevor Mendelow ... Self
Rupert Ormond Rupert Ormond ... Self - Additional Featured Scientist
James Porter James Porter ... Self - Scientific Advisor
Morgan Pratchett Morgan Pratchett ... Self - Additional Featured Scientist
Zackery Rago ... Self
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Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

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One of the 15 Feature Documentaries shortlisted for the 2018 Academy Awards nominations. See more »

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Andrew Ackerman: They say it's one of the rarest events in nature happening and everyone's just oblivious to it. And you can't blame them for it, it's just almost typical of all of humanity. - Andrew Ackerman, Chasing Coral
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Tell Me How Long
Written by Dan Romer and Teddy Geiger
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A good but unfocused documentary
16 November 2020 | by ChristianF101See all my reviews

This film is mainly concerned about the health of coral reefs around the world and the danger that they face. While the film-makers' main goal is to capture the rapid degradation of reefs, they also attempt to explain how climate change is causing such destruction, primarily through coral bleaching. In addition, the film-makers interview experts and researchers who explain the role that reefs play in marine environments. Since they support biodiversity and shelter countless different species, the researchers claim that about 25% of all marine life relies on coral reefs.

Overall, the film provides poignant imagery of dead coral reefs, useful information, and shocking statistics; however, much of its run-time is occupied by dialogue and footage that is not essential. During interviews, we often learn about the film's cast-members and their reasons for studying for reefs. While this helps make the documentary feel more personal, it also makes the film longer and more unfocused than it should be. The film should have been centered around the reefs themselves, not how and why the team got its footage. Still, it is obvious that the film-makers care dearly about preserving coral reefs, and they argue that humans are not giving reefs the amount of attention they deserve. Some of the interviewees forecast that, if we do not slow the rate of coral bleaching quickly, then corals could be wiped out within 30 years. If this happens, they argue that many marine ecosystems will vanish completely, which will result in global economic consequences and resource scarcity.


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14 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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