11 Nov 2014

American Samoa ocean film wins award

9:41 am on 11 November 2014

A film about American Samoa's Swains Island has won at the renowned Blue Ocean Film Festival in Florida.

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Photo: Jean Michel Costeau

"Swains Island: One of the Last Jewels of the Planet" won in the cultural connections category, and is the first American Samoa film to make an entry at the international film festival honoring the best in ocean filmmaking.

The 90-minute documentary, directed and narrated by Jean Michel Costeau, showcases the unique ecological and cultural aspects of Swains Island, including the coral reef, the lagoon, the tapua, and its village.

The experienced diver and cameraman, Jim Knowlton, filmed the movie and accepted the award during the festival in St Petersburg in Florida.