Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and on Video on Demand (VOD), is the interesting documentary called Miracle in the Desert: The Rise and Fall of the Salton Sea.
The film about a lake in California (south east of Los Angles), in the Imperial Valley, known as the Salton Sea.
If you read my movie review posts, I have often mentioned how I enjoy watching documentaries. I know some people find them boring, but not me. I find them incredibly interesting. I enjoy learning about subjects I might not otherwise get to learn about.
I have heard of the Salton Sea before. It’s not really a sea, but rather a massive man make lake. The Salton Sea was so big, you could fit THIRTEEN Manhattans inside of it.
The lake was created in the early 1900’s to help bring water to the Imperial Valley to help develop farmland. The land was very fertile, and ideal for farming. The only issue was water. The area lacked water.
In order to bring water to the area, the developers hoped to divert the Colorado River through Mexico and back up to California to the Imperial Valley. It was certainly a huge undertaking, but not without a lot of issues.
Here is a brief synopsis of the film
Eye-opening award-winning documentary “Miracle in the Desert: The Rise and Fall of the Salton Sea” from filmmaker Greg Bassenian (“CSI: Miami”) lays bare the startling environmental disaster that is the Salton Sea in California’s coveted Coachella valley. Charting the Salton Sea’s creation in 1905 to the current devastating environmental crisis that it faces today, this harrowing journey takes the viewer into the toxic dust. As the largest lake in California begins to dry, millions of lives are in danger as clouds of toxic dust threaten the health of millions of Californians. Following in the footsteps of Al Gore’s eye opening “An Inconvenient Truth” Bassenian’s new documentary carefully plots the course of economic growth that sprouted a shimmering desert riviera laden with costly construction challenges developing into the perfect storm – creating an unstable ecosystem that now lays to waste the health of the Coachella Valley’s community as both local and federal governments look to pass the cost of fixing things onto someone other than themselves. This riveting investigative documentary will be released by Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company across North America on all VOD/Digital & Blu-Ray/DVD platforms beginning on September 22nd, 2020.
“The Salton Sea is a cautionary tale of ego, ambition and neglect that stand to impact the health of millions of people, many of them right here in Southern California. There’s been a lot of said about the Salton Sea in the past, but this film sets the record straight, and we’re proud to partner with Gravitas to bring it to the world. You might not believe some of what you see, but we assure you, it’s all real and happening as we speak,” says the film’s director Greg Bassenian.
“Miracle in the Desert: The Rise and Fall of the Salton Sea” written and directed by Greg Bassenian, edited by Blake Harjes (“How to Get Away with Murder”), with an original score by Steven Gutheinz (“Why We Ride”), follows t he Salton Sea as an unfolding environmental disaster of extraordinary magnitude. As the largest lake in California begins to dry, millions of lives are in danger as clouds of toxic dust, massive fish kills and the destruction of an entire ecosystem threatens the health of millions of underrepresented minorities in Southern California, many who have no voice or little representation in the state legislature. If the state of California does not act quickly, it will be the worst environmental disaster of a generation and cause up to 70 billion dollars in health and other related damages the area and its residents. The breadth and scale of unfolding environmental disaster has thus far been swept under the rug by regional and state politicians looking to distance themselves.
“Miracle in the Desert is an interesting and informative look at how man can create, and destroy, a beautiful place,” said Brett Rogalsky, Acquisitions Coordinator at Gravitas Ventures.
When the Salton Sea was created, it quickly became a tourist mecca. The lake was surrounded by hotels, homes, restaurants and other places that made a lot of money at the height of it all. But then that all came crashing down. The Salton Sea is rapidly disappearing.
If you visit the area today, you will find nothing but rubble and abandoned homes and businesses. There are still plenty of people living there, but as far as the resorts are concerned, they were left to disintegrate into the land.
I liked seeing the old videos of the resorts and the area back in the 50’s and 60’s. It was a wonderful escape from the big cities.
The people who still live in the area today now face health issues. The evaporation of the Salton Sea is releasing chemicals and deadly particles into the air, which people are breathing in.
It’s scary to think that a place that was once a popular tourist destination, is now the source of toxic dust that people are breathing in.
What should be done about the Salton Sea? How can you save it? It’s impossible to stop nature’s wrath.
If you are interested in learning more about this fascinating documentary, look for it where ever movies are sold or rented.
For more information, you can visit the film’s official website, MiracleintheDesert.com.
The film can also be found on Facebook.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.