Global attention for Marine Life: Screenings of the Urban Bay

Photo credit: Ricardo Gomes

The UNDP World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) is pleased to announce the first global screenings of the documentary Baia Urbana (or Urban Bay), in June 2017 in both Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York City, USA. 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.

In what will be an avant-première, the Urban Bay documentary will be screened at the International Human Rights Film Festival on 2 June 2017 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 will be screened at 20h30 on Friday 2 June 2017 at the Centro Cultural de La Memoria Haroldo Conti in Buenos Aires.

The global launch of the documentary will then take place in New York City the first week of June, as a part of the first UN Ocean Conference. The conference, which focuses on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, Life under water, will bring together policymakers, practitioners and stakeholders together to discuss ways to successfully implement what many say will be the most difficult SDG to achieve. Urban Bay will be screened at the Japan Society on Wednesday, 7 June as a UNDP side event to the conference, and will also feature a brief discussion with Gomes and UNDP representatives on the role of the ocean and marine life in sustainable development (register here). 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.

Interested in attending the event? Register for the screening at Columbia University here.

Watch more of Urban Bay here.