THE SUNDAY MAY 6 SCREENING IS PART OF THE JUSTICE FORUM SERIES AND WILL INCLUDE A POST-FILM DISCUSSION.
Anote Tong is a man on a mission. He is the President of Kiribati, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean with more than 100,000 inhabitants. The Republic of Kiribati resembles a paradise on Earth. Blue water, bright sun, palm trees, a land where fishing and harvesting coconuts are the inhabitants’ main activities. But things aren’t exactly as they appear in these picture postcard shots. Kiribati is quickly disappearing as a consequence of global warming. The rise of the sea, along with increasingly violent storms and typhoons are leading this beautiful land and its culture towards an inexorable fate.
Beautifully shot, Anote’s Ark is the first film from photographer-turned-director Matthieu Rytz. We follow President Anote Tong as he travels the world to spread the word, not for his own country—it is already too late, as he says himself—but for the sake of the whole planet. Meanwhile, the inhabitants of the archipelago have started to seek asylum abroad. Far from being rancorous or reproachful, the film shows the consequences of climate change and gives a strong and clear illustration of what we should expect if we don’t change the way we live. -ML