Below Sea Level

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Below Sea Level

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi

  • Italy, USA 2008; 110 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Doc/It Award, Venice Horizons Documentary Award - Venice Film Festival


This is the story of people who have gone past us. There is a place to go: 190 miles S.E. of LA and 129 feet below sea level where they have no running water, no electricity. This is the story of Ken and Lily, of Carol and Wayne, of Mike, Cindy, and Sterling. The film covers four years of their lives. They live below sea level, the place where all the debris, physical and mental, of our times comes to rest and is preserved in the dry desert air. No one can drop lower than this ground and only on this ground, it seems, can people finally see the future. The place looks like the apocalypse and feels like home.




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