Last night the P1 Marine Foundation team had the opportunity to attend the Ocean Film Festival at the Union Chapel in Islington London.
The Union Chapel is a working church, built in the late 19th century in the Gothic revival style and known to be one of the best comedy and music venues in London. It was a great choice to host the festival as it was lit up with blue lights that gave an aquatic ambiance. With a mix of ocean lovers, directors and the curious, the festival created a warm atmosphere.
We were all excited to see the selection of films as each told a different story of how we as humans are connected to the ocean…and we were not disappointed. From Chile to South Africa and even surfing in the Arctic, all the films had one aim and that was to highlight a unique seascape and provide a voice for the ocean.
For us the film of the night was the documentary called “Oceanminded” featuring Hanli Prinsloo, a freediving champion, which encompassed the beauties of the ocean and the great need for conservation through her fearless dives into shark infested waters.
With the oceans and their inhabitants in increasing peril, the Ocean Film Festival was a brilliant and effective way to raise awareness and learn about how humanity interacts with the marine environment…and to inspire us all to do more diving and surfing!