The Third Wave (2007)

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The Third Wave (2007)

A volunteer film. Four independent volunteers with little money and no experience race off to volunteer in tsunami ravaged Sri Lanka . They meet up at the Colombo airport by fate, rent a van, fill it with supplies and start driving down the coast to see where they can help. They stumble into Peraliya, a tribal village which has been totally destroyed by a 40 foot wave overturning a train and killing over 2500 people. No-one is there helping so they set up a first aid station and find themselves in charge of a refugee camp with over 3000 people. A two week journey turns into a year long odyssey of heartbreak and hope as the villagers slowly begin to turn against them when the worlds donated tsunami money doesn't materialize. The volunteers push on through the death threats and break every rule in the 'Disaster Aid Books'. Everyone is needed : no skills required.
USA
Sri Lanka
IMDb   7.7 /10
TheMovieDb    9.0 /10
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Creators
Director Alison Thompson
Writer Richard Belfiore
Information
Release Date2009-09-11
Runtime1h 34mins
GenreDocumentary, Adventure, Drama
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards1 win.
CompanyEndless Films, Ozone Pictures, Pictures Ozone
CountryUSA, Sri Lanka
LanguageEnglish
A.P. Darmedesa
A.P. Darmedesa
Self
Bruce French
Bruce French
Self
Oscar Gubernati
Oscar Gubernati
Self
Donny Paterson
Donny Paterson
Self
Alison Thompson
Alison Thompson
Self

The Third Wave (2007 film)

The Third Wave film was shot in Sri Lanka following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. It was directed by Alison Thompson and produced by Oscar Gubernati.


Plot

After the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster, four independent volunteers, with little money and no experience, race off to volunteer in tsunami ravaged Sri Lanka. They meet up by fate at the Colombo airport and form a volunteer team. They rent a van, fill it with supplies and start driving down the coast to see where they can help. They stumble into a tribal village called Peraliya, which has been destroyed by a forty-foot wave. During the time the wave hit Peraliya, a train called "The Queen of the Sea" was passing by and was washed away killing over 2500 passengers and villagers. The four volunteers set up a first aid station and found themselves in charge of running a refugee camp with over 3000 people. Their initial two week journey turns into a year long odyssey of heartbreak and hope as the villagers turn against them when donated tsunami relief money does not materialize. The volunteers concentrate on the bigger picture and break every rule in the 'Disaster Aid Books'.


Release

The Third Wave first premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. In 2008 Sean Penn came aboard as Executive Producer and it screened in the first ever Presidential jury screening at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. The Third Wave has been an official selection of the Tokyo International film festival, Sydney International film festival, Denver film festival, Monaco Charity film festival, South Asian International film festival and City of Angels film festival in Los Angeles.