The inadvertent draining of the Aral Sea was an ecological disaster of epic proportions. Thanks to man’s interference, the Aral – which once measured 68,000 square kilometers and was the fourth largest sea on earth – became a desert, where hulks of rotting ships lay stranded. But now the Kazakh government has begun an ambitious project to re-flood the Aral. Return to the Sea looks at three generations of Aral dwellers, forced to adapt to the destruction of their environment who are now entertaining the hope that the waters may return one day soon.
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About Al Jazeera - Witness
Rageh Omaar presents Witness, a half-hour daily documentary series which features short, specially commissioned or acquired films gathered from independent filmmakers.
Each documentary reveals the unknown lives of ordinary people, following their lives, telling their stories and portraying the challenges that confront them. Our witnesses are people in a situation or those who have observed them first hand.
The films cover conflict, belief, the past and the future and as well as bringing new stories to light they showcase the talents of a new breed of multi-skilled, frontline journalist. In the studio, Rageh will further explore the issues raised in the films, with expert guests on the subject matter and the filmmakers themselves.