Salt Water

About the film: What was once known as Ocean Therapy is now Salt Water – a short documentary that explores the use of the ocean as a means to treat children who have been diagnosed with Autism, Down Syndrome, ADD, ADHD and people with other physical ailments such as multiple sclerosis.

In 16 minutes you’ll see interviews with two people who volunteer their time to work with children and adults with these conditions as well as suffering from them, and how their volunteer work continue to inspire them.


Synopsis: Salt Water features interviews with local surf school volunteers and their work with children with psychosomatic, mental and neurological ailments. One of which deals with Multiple Sclerosis herself – leading to a very challenging time when it comes to realizing volunteer work of this kind. The film features footage of their work on local beaches as well as interesting details of how they came to be involved with their individual organizations.

Film Info:
Title:Salt Water
Genre: short documentary
Run time: 16 minutes
Format: 720×1280 (29fps) digital
Director/Writer/Producer/Editor: La Shawn Pagán
Executive Producers: La Shawn Pagán
Cast: Yesael Rivera, Lisandra Baez
Crew: La Shawn Pagán(camera/audio) Yonan Rivera (camera)
Location: Puerto Rico

Official Director’s Statement:

Salt Water is the second installment of a series of short documentaries focusing on environmental health and how it directly correlates to physical and mental health. The first of the series, Forever Boogies, inspired this film with the highlight of a local surfing clinic for young people and their families.

As a person who has grown up in an island, a swimmer and environmental journalist I know the importance of our ecosystem to remain healthy in order to guarantee a future for generations to come. However, much of the importance of conservation and preservation is lost in our current age full of technological advances and such. Which is why I decided to focus a few short films on the work people are doing to help communities, families and the environment all at once.

Starting with two people who are making huge strides within the local community and a change in the way people are connecting with each other, themselves and the environment – I hope people can begin to realize the importance of clean water, forests and how something as vast as an ocean can help their loved ones with any physical or mental ailment – therefore leading to a change within our society on how we treat our planet.

Behind the Scenes Photos:

Yesael Rivera hopes to make it safer for anyone to visit beaches around the island – proposing lifeguard stations through several areas that are lacking that safety measure
Lisandra Baez, a SUP instructor and Multiple Sclerosis patient and former physical education teacher hopes to create a sisterhood with her non-for-profit organization Sirenas Taínas that takes care of the environment as much as they do one another