Sand Wars is a surprising investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet. Triggered by a demand for expansive construction, the planet’s reserves are being threatened. Three-quarters of the world’s beaches are in decline and bound to disappear as victims of erosion or “sand mafias”, groups who plunder beaches and rivers for this highly prized commodity.

Sand has quietly infiltrated every corner of our world. Melted and transformed into glass, it sits on every shelf. It is also the source of silicon dioxide, a mineral found in an astounding variety of products we use on a daily basis. Houses, skyscrapers, bridges, airports, and sidewalks are all partially comprised of sand. It is an elementary particle that is the foundation of our modern development.

But is this omnipresent material inexhaustible? What will be the consequences of sand extraction on the environment and life on the planet? Sand Wars will take us around the world to witness this new gold rush firsthand.


“Sand Wars” is about how poachers and commodity whores are depleting the planet of sand. While the Earth’s oceans will naturally replenish the supply, it’s being drained faster than it can be replaced. Naturally, this lives humanity in a predicament. We like glass and things made from silicon, but we also need beaches and structural support for our homes. What are we going to do?

Documentaries about commodities are great about highlighting social issues. However, we get very little answers. The documentary is great about venturing around the world to showcase depletion. What sucks is that most of the film stays in panic mode. I don’t need anymore documentaries getting my blood pressure up.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for the release. The transfer is on par with the last couple of PBS documentaries. The same goes for the Dolby 2.0 surround track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 12/02/2014

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