Cast: Anote Tong, Tiemeri (Sermary) Tiare
Official Selection, 2018 Sundance Film Festival
Global warming, increasing typhoons, and rising tide levels threaten to submerge the Pacific Island nation Kiribati and 4,000 years of culture. Tumultuous and urgent, ANOTE’S ARK documents the trials and tribulations of a small island country asking for assistance from the powerhouses of the world. With the looming spectre of global warming and climate change, Kiribati is facing the threat of being swept away into non-existence. The film follows Anote Tong, the President of Kiribati, as he pleads his country’s case to whoever will listen within the international climate change community, and Sermary, born and raised on the island, who is simply trying to stay afloat with her six children in the uncertain future of her home. ANOTE’S ARK is a reminder that global warming isn’t a political issue, it’s a human rights issue affecting everyone, and not just small island populations.
With stunning drone shots of Kiribati’s natural beauty and the carefully captured emotions of its citizens, Matthieu Rytz’s debut feature implicates us all in the fight against global warming and climate displacement.
– Aleya Zenieris
Co-Presented by: Bionic Sisters Productions