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World Premiere Of Documentary Filmed In Collaboration With One Ocean Expeditions Initiates Movement To Protect Our Oceans

January 31, 2019 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

As a core supporter of the new feature documentary ‘The Map To Paradise’leading expedition cruise specialist One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) is excited for the world premiere of the film, taking place at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 31st, 2019.

The premiere is the first official screening following a private screening hosted by Prince Albert II of Monaco at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in June 2018.

Australian filmmakers Danielle Ryan and James Sherwood travelled the globe for three years in search of exceptional ocean conservation heroes to tell the story. One Ocean Expeditions collaborated with the film crew while they traveled on board the Akademik Ioffein 2017, with an Antarctic segment filmed with renowned marine mammal scientist Ari Friedlaender, who works with the expedition specialists to perform ground-breaking whale research. OOE is the industry leader in supporting nationally recognized science programs, and over the last decade the company has provided over 120 days per vessel (360 days) per year to scientific organizations in the study of ocean health.

The documentary film ‘The Map to Paradise’ delivers a colourful collection of character-driven stories that convey the quest of individuals, communities and nations doing what they can to protect the last wild and pristine marine places on Earth. The 95-minute feature film also includes a cast of renowned figure-heads, such as Prince Albert II of Monaco, President of Palau Tommy Remengesau, Sea Shepherd’s founder Captain Paul Watson and National Geographic Explorer Enric Sala.

Co-Director Danielle Ryan says that the release of ‘The Map to Paradise’ is very timely as global talks have just begun for a treaty to protect the High Seas. “Countries around the world are currently looking to re-map, re-zone and re-write the rules on a global and local scale – an exciting new protection paradigm for nature in an age where humans are the primary cause of a massive loss of species,” said Ryan, “The solutions are there, and they are proven to work, but we aren’t embracing them on a large enough scale.”

With regional premieres planned for both Antarctica and the Canadian Arctic aboard One Ocean Expeditions’ vessels Akademik Sergey Vavilovand RCGS Resolute, the film allows OOE to share and promote their science initiatives with a broader audience. Leading by example, OOE is solidifying their commitment to conserve and protect ocean ecosystems around the world.

“One Ocean Expeditions invests a great deal into the protection of the fragile ecosystems we visit,” said One Ocean Expeditions’ General Manager Catherine Lawton, who attended the pre-screening in Monaco, “It’s an incredible honour to see our dedication to scientific research captured in such an inspiring and collaborative approach.”

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