Master of Arts (MA)
Rafts of sargassum seaweed kilometers wide have been invading the Caribbean for more than five years, but 2015 was the worst. Tons of seaweed stretch from Texas south to Trinidad and Tobago, with the Lesser Antilles suffering the most damage. Residents near beaches are exposed to an insidious and pernicious danger, scientists say, from fumes that smell like rotten eggs, emitted by the decaying algae. The odor also drives tourists away from beaches and restaurants, and the tourism economy is collapsing.Amid the algae crisis, an elderly woman, Virginie Mark, is trying to survive. She struggles with her health, finances and psychology. Since 2011, the algae has never been removed in front of her house, which once looked like a paradise.
link to the full project: https://vimeo.com/155921951
Party, Juline Cariba Rachel, "The Smell Of Hopelessness" (2015). CUNY Academic Works.