“The Living Sea” Documentary


I was very lucky to be features in a documentary about coral in Hong Kong, by young filmmaker Ema Poposka. The film has encounter public acclaim and featured in numerous festivals. You’re never too young to make a change!

We are the only planet with oceans, and they are indispensable for our survival. However, many people are unaware of the importance of ocean creatures and how to protect them. This is because they don’t really see them every day. Young scuba diver Ema Poposka believes if people could see the beauty of the ocean and of the corals, they will change their minds about sea protection. This inspired her to join Action for a Cause to produce a documentary film about Hong Kong corals. Ema’s aim is to raise awareness about the uniqueness of Hong Kong corals; the need to start taking care of corals; and how we can do this in our everyday life. This documentary was made by a crew of 12-15-year-old students.


  1. South America Award, “Social Impact Documentary”
  2. Nature Without Borders International Film Festival Winter 2022, Award of Merit in the category Youth Produced
  3. 7th International Science Film of India, Goa 2021. Official Selection
  4. World Film Carnival - Singapore 2021. Official Selection
  5. Friday Harbor Film Festival, USA 2021. Official Selection
  6. Awareness Festival, Los Angeles 2021. Official Selection
  7. 27th IFVA Awards and Film Festival, Youth Category, FINALIST.
  8. Screened at MakerBay and Kids4Kids in Hong Kong in 2021

From the producer Kids4Kids

Are you a student in Hong Kong between the ages of 12-16, and want to take part in making a film? If so, student filmmaker Ema Poposka may have the opportunity for you.

Student filmmaker Ema Poposka. Currently, a Year 8 student at Renaissance College, Ema’s project about Hong Kong corals has been selected for the 2021 Kids4Kids Action for a Cause program.

The program’s aim is to “empower youth teams to realize community project ideas by providing seed funding and mentor guidance.”

For Ema, this project is a short documentary film called The Living Sea that aims to raise awareness about the need to take care of corals in Hong Kong. Babel Film Workshop’s Jeremy Hung will serve as her mentor.

Ema is currently in early stages of creating her film, with the aim to interview experts and shoot underwater footage over the next few months. The project is set to complete in June, and will be screened at various school communities.

To create this film, Ema is seeking additional crew members to help with filming and editing tasks. If you have some past filmmaking experience or would like to learn more about this opportunity, please email us and provide the following details:

  • Your name and age
  • Current school
  • Past filmmaking experience, if any
  • Parent name, email, and phone number

We’re excited for any student collaborations to help make this film into a reality!