An Ocean Story

Increasing pollution, overfishing and climate change are major threats our oceans are
currently facing worldwide. This documentary follows us on our journey as we film
devastating consequences of these harsh realities.

At the World Ocean Summit, Sander Van Weert (filmmaker) Nanne van Hoytema, (aquatic biologist) and Thomas van Thiel (founder of By the Ocean We Unite) talked to key players in the field of politics, environmental research and commerce to fully understand the urgency of the situation. They look at what you and I, businesses and politicians can do to save our fragile ecosystem. We intersperse these interviews with visits to local change-makers who are actively fighting to ensure the livelihood of millions of people around the world who depend on the ocean for their survival. Our film is for them... and for you. A documentary made by Sander Van Weert & By the Ocean we Unite

Host a screening

Are you inspired and ready to host a screening? We are a big fan of awareness and education projects. The story of the ocean simply needs to be told! We have different packages for different needs. Big or small, open or private, in the cinema or the classroom. Maybe you want us to attent your screening? Get in contact and we will arrange a package for your needs.

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Ocean, environmental, conservation or regular film festivals, we would love to be involved.

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Education and awareness
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  • Sylvia Earle

    Mission Blue

    No water, no life. No blue, no green.
  • Peter Thomson

    United Nations

    We all understand climate change, now we need to understand ocean change.
  • Guoni Johannesson

    President of Iceland

    Scepticism is the essence of all science.
  • Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

    Direct Global Change Insitute

    We should all be Well Informed Environmental Warriors
  • Lenny Houwaart

    International Marketing Manager Dopper

    Never stop dreaming
  • Alexis Olans Haass

    Director Sustainability Adidas

    People aren't interested anymore in a company that doesn't have a purpose.


  • Sander Van Weert


    Some stories just need to be told!
  • Thomas van Thiel

    Founder 'By the Ocean we Unite'

    Just one dream; a plastic free ocean
  • Nanne van Hoytema

    Aquatic Biologist

    It's about the science.
  • Alex Ruiz

    Underwater Cineast

    Make the connection, keep the ocean blue!
  • Stefan de Groot


    We can't live without Mother Nature. It's time we stop abusing her, because she will live on without us.
  • Poul Sven de Haan

    Audio Engineer

    I love working on stories with a message I can support. Then I gladly put in the extra effort to make the film sound it's best, to help tell the story with even more impact.
  • Daphne Maierna


    The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.
  • Deborah Knight

    English Coach

    Everything you give attention to grows
  • Arnold Oosterom

    Webdeveloper An Ocean Story

    Zero's and one's rule the world