Anote's Ark

Anote's Ark

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 3:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 3:00pm
Community Partner(s)
Matthieu Rytz | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
77 minutes



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



Matthieu Rytz

Matthieu Rytz is a producer, curator, photographer, director, and visual anthropologist by training. For ten years his passion for photography and ethnology has led him across the globe to photograph cultural and human diversity, to combine photography with virtual reality, and has added to the knowledge base around the consequences of erosion brought on by climate change. He produces the World Press Photo exhibition in Montreal, and his pictures, as well as those he commissions, have been exhibited throughout the world. Anote's Ark​ is his feature documentary debut. 

Justice Forum Panelist

Sara Cannon

I’m a Ph.D. student, Vanier Scholar, and Ocean Leaders Graduate Fellow at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada (where I also recently finished my M.Sc.). Before moving to Vancouver, I lived for five years in Santa Cruz, California, where I obtained a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. My research interests involve attempting to understand the ways that people affect the health of coral reefs, and how the health of coral reefs affect people.

Justice Forum Panelist

Dr. Simon Donner

Dr. Simon Donner received his PHD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin with the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. He is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, as well as an associate in UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues, The Biodiversity Research Centre, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), the Atmospheric Sciences Program.

Justice Forum Panelist

Emily Fister

Emily Fister Is the Climate & Clean Energy Communications Specialist at the David Suzuki Foundation. She is a storyteller with a background in journalism and communications. She holds a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of British Columbia, where she specialized in both environmental and human rights issues. Emily's past work includes radio production at CBC Toronto, co-producing an Al Jazeera documentary on mental health initiatives in India, and managing communications at UBC's Green College.