Swains Island

Join Jean-Michel Cousteau and a team of scientists as they explore Swains Island, located 200 miles north of American Samoa. Swains Island has a fascinating history from the days of early Polynesian voyagers to copra plantations. A new National Marine Sanctuary, with pristine coral reefs and a freshwater lake, has never been surveyed to discover what traces might remain of its storied past. Directed by Jim Knowlton. Produced by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jim Knowlton. Winner ofВ an award in the “Cultural Connections, People and the Sea,” category at the Blue Ocean Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida, November 2014.

Discussion with Daniel J. Basta, Director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries at NOAA; Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Marine Science at the National Museum of Natural History, filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau, Founder of Ocean Futures Society, and filmmaker Jim KnowltonВ follows screening.

Saturday, March 21, 12:00 noon

FREE. Reservations encouraged: go.si.edu/eff2015.

National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW (Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)

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