What do artists want to tell us about the sea or get us to discover? How do they arouse our sensitivity and let us share their experience or understanding of the sea?








Nic and Nkiru Niemann posing on an electronic motorcycle during the opening of the Green Me Film Festival in Berlin

The Green Me Film Festival was founded in 2007 by Nicolai Niemann and Donald Houwer starting with a first lounge the following year. Nic Niemann became the managing director and festival president when Donald Houwer left the organisation in 2012.

MM: Good day Bissan Ahmed. In the catalogue of the 2010 Al Mutanabbi Poetry Festival organised by the Mesopotamian Cultural Institute Baghdad-Babylon you are presented as Bissan Abu Khaled.

Delphi Breger became known as an actress especially by the movie "Scherbengericht" (Ostracism) (2013). Since 2014, she is programme director of the Green Me Film Festival in Berlin.

Danny van Belle is a renowned Belgian underwater photographer and videographer working with his wife as a "spotter" to document the beauty of marine life, particularly in the tropics.

He was the president of the jury in the World Oceans Day 2014 contest organised by Mundus maris for young people to tell visual stories about the sea.

MM: On the occasion of the exhibition “Mediterraneum” held in Rome between December 2013 and January 2014, we wanted to know something more about this solo exhibition from Oreste Baldini himself, so to speak 'from the horse's mouth'. We therefore approached him to answer some of our questions:

A source of inspiration:

"He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. In the first forty days a boy had been with him. But after forty days without a fish the boy’s parents had told him that the old man was now definitely and finally salao, which is the worst form of unlucky, and the boy had gone at their orders in another boat which caught three good fish the first week."

Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea



The third edition of the festival "Memory of the Penc and villages of Dakar" was held 17 July 2012 at the Grand Theater in Dakar. Penc denotes a place under the traditonal meeting tree. Mundus maris was officially invited and represented by Aliou Sall, Vice-President.

The three slogans of the festival were

(i) For the appreciation of Lebou cultural heritage;

(ii) The consolidation of ties of understanding and solidarity of the Lebou family; and

(iii) The cultural renaissance of Senegal and Africa.

Documentary, directed by Thomas Grand, ZIDEOPROD 2009, 52 min. Sound track Wolof with French sub-titles. Produced with the support of the Spanish International Development Cooperation (AECID)

Review by Thomas Zadrozny