Quebec Premiere

Deep Rising

Punctuated by breathtaking images of deep-sea organisms, Deep Rising traces several decades of manipulations benefiting companies aiming for deep-sea mining extraction. 


Deep Rising delves into one of the most obscure industrial exploits of our century: deep-sea mining. In the name of ecological transition and against a backdrop of geopolitical crisis, unscrupulous companies are racing to secure rights to extract marine nodules. Formed over millions of years and rich in rare metals essential for battery production, these resources lie in a fragile ecosystem several kilometers below the surface. Directed by Nyon-based filmmaker Matthieu Rytz, Deep Rising traces decades of manipulations benefiting greedy corporations, interspersed with breathtaking images of deep-sea organisms. From the Atacama Desert to Papua New Guinea, and through the City and Shenzhen, the film exposes the industrial sector's hypocrisy in the face of the climate crisis, the illusory promises of electrification, and the privatization of this common heritage of humanity. It confronts us with an ethical and philosophical dilemma: Can we sacrifice the last ecosystem untouched by human presence in the name of our survival?

Theme(s): , Economy, Environnement, Technology


Director | , Matthieu Rytz
Year | , 2023
Country | , United States
Duration | 84 minutes
Original language | , English
Subtitles | , French
Image | Diego Pequeño, Matthieu Rytz, Spencer Peter Wangare, William Mackenzie
Sound | Sylvain Bellemare
Music | Olafur Arnalds
Editing | Elisa Bonora



Matthieu Rytz


Visual anthropologist Matthieu Rytz is passionate about photography and ethnology, leading him to travel the world with his camera, exploring human cultures. In 2011, he founded ARKAR, the company that produces the World Press Photo in Montreal, and AnthropoGraphia, an organization advocating for human rights. Always sensitive to environmental challenges, he has made them a priority in his research and productions since 2012. His latest feature documentary, Deep Rising, is a testament to this commitment.


Visions du réel • CPH:DOX • Sundance



19 July 2024 at 21h00

Parc Jarry 

A discussion with a specialist on the topic will follow the screening.


2 August 2024 at 20h45

Centre de la nature 

A discussion with a specialist on the subject will follow the screening.