The 60 MINUTES presentation of “Gardens of the Queen” with Anderson Cooper featuring Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina has been named a finalist in the BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2012, to be held September 24-30, 2012 in Monterey, California.
The 60 MINUTES segment will be screened at BLUE, with a discussion by Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor,” in his 12th year working in Cuba, and panel of experts focused on the significance of the piece and marine protected areas.
Named by Christopher Columbus to honor Queen Isabel, Jardines de la Reina, or Gardens of the Queen are one of the healthiest coral reef ecosystems remaining in the Caribbean.
In a world where coral reefs are dying, the corals in the Gardens of the Queen are flourishing, and like a living time machine, the Gardens likely resemble the healthy coral reefs Columbus saw, avoiding the rapid decline so common throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the world.
What makes this ecosystem so healthy? What are the implications for coral reefs elsewhere? What is the role of diving in this special ecosystem? And how is this ecosystem bringing Americans and Cubans closer together? What is so compelling about this Cuban ecosystem that 60 MINUTES sent Anderson Cooper and a camera crew to work with Dr. Guggenheim and Cuban scientists?