Tunisia is facing a catastrophic convergence of climate chaos, just as the 2010 Jasmine Revolution continues to transform the ancient land of Hannibal, Ibn Khaldun, Barbarossa and Khayr al-Din. From "The Shore of Death" in Gabes to the desert-plague of the south, from the invasive sea to clear-cut hillocks, ST McNeil hopes to share the stories of scientists, farmers, fishermen, doctors, officials and activists on the front lines of climate change with the documentary film A Siege of Salt and Sand
. Long celebrated as an environmental leader, and known as Al-Khadhra or "the green" in medieval times for its lush lands, Tunisia today faces a threat that promises to get much, much worse as climate change touches down. How will increased droughts, stronger storms and rainfall losses of 15-30 percent alter social, political, cultural and economic systems?
Sam is a multimedia journalist deeply concerned with justice. He has written articles
from the southern and eastern Mediterranean, filmed and photographed the Levant, was an extra in a French Algerian movie, wrote a travelogue called Wazungu through the Bundu
, and covered the Sonoran desert and US deportation regime. A Tejano de Austin by birth, he's roosted in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Bellingham, Tunis, Knysna, Dar es Salam, Johannesburg, Ramallah, and Tucson. Currently a dual Master's candidate at the University of Arizona, he is also a research assistant with the Institute of the Environment’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development grant, contributor and web editor of SISMEC
, founder of Los Deportados
multimedia hub, and musician. Right now, however, he's trying to finish A Siege of Salt and Sand