Facing the Surge documents the tangible costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk, Virginia. The city has registered 16 inches of sea level rise since 1930 and is home to thousands of hard-working Americans struggling to adapt to the rising tides and an uncertain future. But Facing the Surge is not a film about loss and inaction. Director and Producer Diogo Castro Freire features the stories of citizens from across the United States as they step forward to raise awareness and push their government to solve climate change.
The film is the first documentary short by Adaptation Now, a crowdfunded project created to share the stories of communities as they face the leading edge of climate change. The project started with the goal of broadening the climate change conversation beyond the existing environmental movement. It operates with the fervent belief that stories have the potential to shift public opinion and create a groundswell foundation for political change.