Documentary Feature | 80 minutes

HIFF 2018

Air, Land & Sea

This film played at HIFF 2018
on 10/5/2018 and 10/6/2018


Directed by
Cynthia Wade
Sasha Friedlander

Produced by
Sasha Friedlander
Cynthia Wade
Tracie Holder
Matthew Syrett

Sponsored by

US Premiere

2018 | Indonesian | USA

In 2006, international drilling company Lapindo carelessly unleashed an unstoppable toxic mudflow into East Java—burying dozens of nearby villages and displacing tens of thousands of Indonesians in the process. Documentarians Sasha Friedlander and Cynthia Wade (Academy Award® winner for FREEHELD) focus the tragedy around 16-year-old survivor Dian, a survivor who is routinely ignored by her government, despite the unforgiving sludge continuing to engulf her home for over a decade. Chronicling the teenager’s transformation from a young girl into an outspoken advocate for her community, GRIT is a timely showcase of the urgent need for political activism, the duty to hold those in power accountable, and the perseverance of the human spirit amidst social and environmental strife.

> Air, Land & Sea is made possible, in part, by the generous contribution of Susan and David Rockefeller. Additional support provided by Nicole Delma and Fond Group.