Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
It was a very busy week for Sea Shepherd in Cannes.
I’ve had a few people critically asking just what was I thinking by going to Cannes. What does the Cannes Film Festival have to do with conservation and protecting life in the ocean, they asked.
Well as it turns out – a great deal.
First Sea Shepherd France organized a showing of the important new film Cowspiracy on May 15th. About five hundred people viewed that film on the impact of the meat industry on our environment. I highly recommend it.
The next day on May 16th, Sea Shepherd France presented Blackfish to an audience of over 1,000 at the Palais des Congrès of Mandelieu. Much appreciation to Jean Luc for renting the venue for Sea Shepherd and to Sea Shepherd Nice for organizing it and making it such a success. The night raised some 22,000 Euros for Sea Shepherd France.
Sea Shepherd France President Lamya Essemlali and I gave talks at both the showings and it was an opportunity to address the captivity of Orcas in the nearby Marineland in Antibes, France.
I had the great opportunity to meet Donald Ranvaud. Yana and I and had dinner with him and he invited me to speak at a World Bank presentation the next day to talk about climate change. Donald was Executive Producer of The Constant Gardner and Co-producer of City of God. He is also the Ambassador for Latin American cinema.
The film festival also presented opportunities to meet people in the film industry interested in producing environment themed documentaries and movies.
And I was given the opportunity to be interviewed by the Hollywood Reporter on the importance of the movie industry to focus on environmental issues. That interview is attached to this report.
Yana and I also attended the Red Carpet Premiere of The Lobster and we had the opportunity to attend a couple of dinners and parties where we were able to speak to quite a few people on issues of ocean conservation and climate change.
On May 20th and 21st, Lamya and I spoke to two schools in Aix en Provence and the evening of May 21st we gave a public presentation to another 500 people attending La Fête de la Nature that was held at the Museum of Natural History of Aix en Provence. Our talk was complimented on stage by the creation of a unique piece of art crafted by Aurélien Raynaud, a life size shark made from chicken wire that was incredibly impressive. Much appreciation to Sea Shepherd Marseille for organizing the evening in Aix en Provence.