The explosive documentary – Lava Bombs: Truths Behind the Volcano – won an award for Best Cinematography in a documentary at the prestigious Madrid International Film Festival.
The dramatic Spanish and English language film from GeoTenerife and New Light Studio captures the emotional stories behind the crisis and the response to the September 19 2021 eruption of the volcano in Cumbre Vieja, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain.
Lava Bombs reveals the stories behind the headlines and showcases the power of the major natural disaster through the voices of the local people impacted, emergency managers, scientists and politicians with spectacular aerial footage of the volcano in dramatic 4K.
The film has received many other accolades, including outstanding excellence at the Nature Without Borders International Film Festival and semi-finalist in the Dublin Movie Awards.
Sharon Backhouse, founder and Director of educational volcanic fieldwork specialists, GeoTenerife (https://geotenerife.com), was on the scene when the Tajogaite volcano erupted nearly two years ago. She mobilised her team to document events as they occurred, providing an intimate, authentic and intense record.
Scottish-based film director Alexander Whittle quickly arrived in La Palma and drove the narrative, interpreting numerous contributing film records through the eyes of a big screen director.
Film participant Jaime Salvador Diaz Pacheco, Assistant Professor, Physical Geography, University of La Laguna (ULL) and GEORIESGOS (GEORISKS) Researcher said, “The stories behind and beyond the volcano need to be told. Lava Bombs does this from a social perspective. It transports you to La Palma at the end of 2021 during the latest volcanic event in the Canary Islands that made international headlines. The documentary takes you deep into how everyone felt before, during and after this violent episode. This is a great resource to improve our resilience to catastrophic natural disasters and inform disaster management around the globe.”
The hour-long film is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime (Watch Lava Bombs Truths Behind The Volcano | Prime Video (amazon.co.uk)) and Google Play (Lava Bombs – Truths Behind The Volcano – Movies on Google Play).