“Riding the Ocean Dragon” (2017)

Extent

Seen in 2018.

Subject

Australian Rachael Thornton documents the first major scientific mission of the Ocean Dragon, a manned Chinese deep-sea submersible used to look at hydrothermal vents.

Commentary

The focus is on the lone white woman’s isolation and a couple of other characters, not on the engineering or science. The geopolitical and economic undercurrents of the Chinese effort are not mentioned. An all-Chinese team would probably have made a better documentary for a general audience.

moving picture non-fiction