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My Father, The Captain: Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Title (Spanish): Mi Padre, el Capitan: Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Title (English): My Father, The Captain: Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Country of Origin: France
Year of Completion: 2012
Duration: 46 minutes
Format: DVD
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: n/a

Wednesday 09/05/2012 -- 7:00 PM Thursday 09/06/2012 -- 5:00 PM Friday 09/07/2012 -- 7:00 PM

FUNGLODE Auditorium
Santo Domingo

Centro Cultural Narciso González
Santo Domingo

Galerías PUNTACANA
Punta Cana

II Muestra de Cine Medioambiental Dominicana, 5-9 de Septiembre 2012

Film SynopsisIn every legend, there is a legacy. In the life and career of undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, that legacy beats in the heart of the sea and in the heart of his son, Jean-Michel, the noted French environmentalist, educator and documentary film producer who has spent most of his adult life nurturing the work of his famous father.

In My Father, The Captain, Jean-Michel Cousteau takes an open and intimate look at the life he shared with his father and the legend he has taken upon himself to continue. In so doing, he hopes to shed new and meaningful light on the life and work of a man who inspired millions to reconsider our relationship with the sea and its creatures. In the process, he seeks to understand a little more about himself and his family as well.

"Captain Cousteau was a complicated man," the younger Cousteau writes. "He was a man of many different personalities, many different moods. But this is how it is with all great men, yes? We know the public mask, but it is the private face that reveals a man's true character. It is the man we know when the cameras are not filming."

My Father, The Captain contains new material and fresh insights into the life and mind of a man who helped to jump-start a global conservation effort that continues to flourish today. Jean-Michel Cousteau and his collaborator, New York Times best-selling author Daniel Paisner, offer an intimate reappraisal of the many touching moments Jean-Michel shared with his father, as well as the seminal moments from his father's life that have become part of the Cousteau family lore and legend.

Film Credits:

Produced and Directed by:
Jean-Michel Cousteau

Director's Biography:

Jean-Michel is the son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Simone Melchior. Cousteau first dived with an aqua-lung in 1945 when he was 7-years-old. Although he went to school to study architecture, he later became part of his father's Cousteau Society, serving for twenty years as Executive Vice President before striking out on his own in 1993 to produce environmental films.

Jean-Michel then founded the Ocean Futures Society in 1999, a marine conservation and education organization which fosters a conservation ethic, conducts research, and develops marine education programs.

In 2003, Francesca Sorrenti and Marisha Shibuya of the SKe GROUP project, in partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society, collaborated to produce Water Culture, a Trolley Books publication featuring a wide variety of water-related imagery and interviews with prominent world personalities on the problems facing our water supply. Cousteau is also Chairman of Green Cross France.

Jean-Michel Cousteau is also working on a documentary highlighting the epic and disastrous 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, which killed 11 workers in an explosion of the Deepwater Rig, 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

  • Community in Action!
    Supporting grassroots organizations and communities
    Among the goals of the DR Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), is to include and support grassroots organizations and communities, schools and young people in general.

  • Marcos Diaz
    A real Universal Community leader and spokesman for the core values of the UN Millennium Development Goals as it is the Dominican swimmer Marcos Diaz. He will meet a group of youth, who will have a swimming competition, at La Caleta. The expected goals of this activity is to offer an opportunity to youth of disadvantaged areas to interact with Marcos, and to get a better understanding for the role model that Marcos represents for Dominicans and the rest of the world, as well as a better understanding of the sea and this protected area of La Caleta.

    For more details about Marcos Diaz visit Dominican Get-Together in the Big Apple

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