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29 November 2012

OMEGA presents Planet Ocean in Paris

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The 90-minute documentary Planet Ocean, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot in partnership with OMEGA, was presented at a special event at the Elysées Biarritz in Paris last night.

Attending the event were President of Swatch Group France Florence Ollivier-Lamarque, OMEGA President Stephen Urquhart, and environmentalist and director Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

 

The film, which also draws on the talents of some of the world’s leading aerial and underwater cinematographers, oceanographers and biologists, has been created to change the way people look at the oceans and to encourage them to imagine conservation and stewardship as responsibilities shared by everyone on Earth.

 

Arthus-Bertrand said of his partnership with OMEGA, “When OMEGA presented me with the Planet Ocean project, I accepted almost immediately; it was time to look at things directly, to illustrate and to denounce the dangers threatening our oceans and therefore our planet. This documentary is not intended to moralize, but rather to raise consciousness”.

 

He has also announced that the film will be made available free of charge to any interested NGO in order to ensure that it reaches the widest possible audience.

 

Planet Ocean – which was awarded first place in the “cinematography” category at the 2012 Blue Ocean Film Festival - also aims to explain some of the planet’s greatest natural mysteries in ways that make them understandable and accessible to everyone. Finally, it allows young people to imagine that a more sustainable world is not only desirable but achievable.  The film combines the kind of breath-taking aerial shots that have made Arthus-Bertrand’s filmmaking reputation with underwater imagery from an award-winning team of cameramen. 

 

Ms Ollivier-Lamarque was joined by 200 guests, including many prominent French personalities, underscoring the importance of and growing respect for the Earth’s oceans and the majestic environments below the water’s surface. 

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