"Scars of Freedom" by Céline Cousteau: Six Minutes That Can Inspire Change

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Filmmaker, creative director and international spokesperson Celine Cousteau has made her latest short documentary available for public viewing. The six-minute film is a powerful short story of the effect of human negligence on the ocean and its precious inhabitants.

Scars of Freedom, a six-minute documentary that chronicles a young whale’s struggle to survive is now available for public viewing at http://causecentric.org/blog/scars-of-freedom.

Produced by Céline Cousteau with support from the TreadRight Foundation, the short film is set off the coast of Chile’s Juan Fernandez Archipelago and tells a succinct, powerful tale of the effects of human negligence on the world’s oceans and the incredible power of human compassion.

After its debut at the Blue Ocean Film Festival, Scars of Freedom won the Animal Award at the Cinema Verde Film Festival, was an official selection at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival, Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and San Francisco Green Film Festival. Scars of Freedom is currently finishing its 2013 tour with the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

The film’s power lies in its juxtaposition of trauma with peaceful beauty, and its environmental message is delivered with the kind of stunning simplicity that packs a weighty punch.

It’s a message that is even more powerful because the plight of the young whale could easily have been overlooked.

Cousteau was working with a film crew in Chile on another project, a 12-part broadcast series of true stories of the ocean. Between dives, the crew heard a report from local fisherman of an entangled whale nearby. Cousteau says, "It was an incredible coincidence that we happened to be only 500 meters away." Despite being untrained for such a rescue mission, the team set off to help, and recorded the amazing footage that eventually became the emotive short film.

About Celine Cousteau: Céline Cousteau is a documentary filmmaker, founder and executive director of CauseCentric Productions; a non-profit organization creating cause focused multi-media content. She holds a masters in International and Intercultural Management and is fluent in three languages. The daughter of ocean explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Yves Cousteau, Céline is a member of the Council on Oceans for the World Economic Forum, serves as La Prairie skincare company international spokeswoman, the Sustainability Partner for Contiki Holidays, Guest Designer for Swarovski, sits on the boards of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), Plant a Fish, and travels often as a public speaker. She is Creative Director for “Eu Sou Oceano” (I Am Ocean), a major ocean-themed exhibit and forum in Brazil 2014.

About The TreadRight Foundation: The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands, and in the places we visit.

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