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Welcome to a world unlike any other, a world that has been called the “soul of the sea.”  See life on a coral reef – where some of the planet’s most diverse, fascinating and mysterious landscapes and creatures exist hidden from our sight.   Voyage to the South Pacific’s coral reefs to view their remarkable contribution to life on earth and the imminent dangers they currently face. 

Follow husband and wife cinematography team Howard and Michele Hall on a 10-month quest across the Pacific Ocean – during which they attempt to create a lasting cinematic record of the reefs as they exist today.  The film captures unprecedented, mesmerizing underwater images of beauty as well as sobering images of reefs in decline.   Using innovative and groundbreaking techniques, the filmmakers plunge to daring and record-breaking depths, taking the notoriously cumbersome IMAX® camera deep in the open ocean.


"…one beautiful piece of work… Adventure it is and of the most exhilarating sort."
—Boston Globe

★★★★ (out of 4)
“Both an ethereal manifestation of spectacular beauty and the sobering account of a slow-motion catastrophe…This is a moving and not infrequently breathtaking film.”

—San Diego Union Tribune

“…some of the most eye-popping underwater scenery ever captured on film...a fascinating movie that both informs and entertains”
—San Antonio Express-News

“…the most beautiful underwater footage ever to hit the giant screen."
—Cincinnati Enquirer


The highest grossing new documentary film of 2003.

Best Film of the Year 2003—Giant Screen Theater Association

Best Cinematography 2004—Giant Screen Theater Association

Best Large Format Film 2004—International Wildlife Film Festival
(The film also received Merit Awards for Sound Mix, Conservation Message, and Graphics & Animation)

CINE Masters Series Award (Best in the Non-Telecast Division) and CINE Golden Eagle Award (Science & Technology category)

Best of Festival (Grand Prix) and First Place Gold Camera Award (Oceanography category)—U.S. International Film & Video Festival

Silver Hugo (IMAX Category)—INTERCOM Festival

GoldWordMedal (Docs up to 60 minutes)—New York Festivals

Bronze Plaque—Chris Awards, Columbus International Film & Video Festival

Nominated for a Panda Award (one of five finalists in the Large Format category)—2004 Wildscreen Film Festival, Bristol, England

2004 Environmentalist of the Year Award—presented to Greg MacGillivray by SIMA (Surf Industry Manufacturers Association)

2006 Award of Excellence—presented to Greg MacGillivray by the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA, for his support of coral reef conservation.



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Living Mirrors: A Coral Reef Adventure
By Jack Stephens, Afterword by E.O. Wilson. Contributions by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Howard and Michele Hall, Richard Pyle, and others.

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NSF Logo      Major funding provided by
    National Science Foundation

In association with
Museum of Science, Boston
National Wildlife Federation
Lowell, Blake & Associates, Inc.