Deep Rising

Deep Rising | Credit Ashley Gilbertson vii photo agency
Deep Rising | Credit Ashley Gilbertson vii photo agency

Documentary / Matthieu Rytz / USA / 2022 / 93 min / OmdU

DEEP RISING is a tale of geopolitical, scientific and corporate intrigue: investigating the future of the

world's energy crisis and how it is currently tied to the fate of the deep ocean floor, which is

intricately tied to our survival.


5 years after Anote’s Ark, Matthieu Rytz returns with this up-to-the-minute tale of geopolitical,

scientific, and corporate intrigue that exposes the machinations of a secretive organization

empowered to greenlight massive extraction of metals from the deep seafloor that are deemed

essential to the electric battery revolution. Narrated by Jason Momoa, Deep Rising illuminates the

vital relationship between the deep ocean and sustaining life on Earth. The documentary also follows

mining startup The Metals Company, as it pursues funding, public favor, and permission from the

International Seabed Authority to mine wide swaths of the Pacific Ocean floor. Rytz’s fly-on-the-wall

access observes extraction companies as they co-opt scientific studies and deliver pitches to

investors, proposing how the costs of industrializing our Earth’s last pristine environment can be

justified to access metals they claim will benefit all of mankind. As oil conglomerates pivot

investments to deep-ocean mining, Deep Rising examines humanity’s destructive pattern of

extracting materials for profit and asks why we don’t choose, instead, to develop abundant resources

to solve our energy problems.


Film talk

The ocean on the agenda. A discussion on international law of the sea and the threat to the oceans and their ecosystems from deep-sea mining.

Prof. Dr. Surabhi Ranganathan, International Law, University of Cambridge / Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius, Marine Biologist, Director, AWI / Moderation: Kerstin Hoppenhaus, Science Journalist.

The film talk will be held in English.

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius | Prof. Dr Antje Boetius, Director, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) I Scientific Director of the SILBERSALZ Festival| SILBERSALZ Conference 2021

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius

Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) / Scientific Director of the SILBERSALZ Festival
Prof. Surabhi Ranganathan

Prof. Surabhi Ranganathan

Professor of International Law

Kerstin Hoppenhaus

Science Journalist & Filmmaker