Anote’s ark

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise.

While Kiribati’s President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati are already seeking safe harbour overseas.

Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Anote’s struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of Tiemeri, a young mother of six, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of Tiemeri’s family, the Kiribati people, and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture.

"Anote's Ark" raises our awareness of climate change. It shows us that climate change is not a problem for future generations, but is already having a massive impact on people's lives today.

The documentary film does not provide the scientific background to climate change and hard facts. Instead, it focuses on the human side of the problem and provides exciting insights into a culture that rarely appears on the media radar. We recommend the film to anyone who wants to be infected by the moving interviews and speeches of Tong.

The film also presents plans and models (such as floating islands and intelligent domes) that are no longer science fiction or delusions of grandeur. It is the view into a possible future of island states like Kiribati.

Director(s): Matthieu Rytz
Script: Matthieu Rytz
Production: Matthieu Rytz
Music: Patrick Watson
Actors: Anote Tong, Tiemeri Tiare
Year: 2018
Duration: 77 min
Our age recommendation: 14
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: Canada
Shooting Locations: France, Japan, Australia, Vatican, New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati
Screening rights: Roco Films ()

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Main topic(s): Climate Human Potential
Secondary topics: climate migration politics
Mentions: Kiribati climate change islands sea levels hurricanes diaspora exile relocation Paris Agreement Cyclone Pam Cyclone Winston migration
Topic Page(s): Climate Human Potential

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