Anote's Ark


Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 6:00pm
Tivoli Theatre

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 harbor overseas. Set against the backdrop of international climate and human-rights negotiations, “Anote’s Ark” intertwines President Tong’s struggle to save his nation with the story 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. With sweeping cinematography, filmmaker Matthieu Rytz captures the shifting dynamics of climate change while crafting a portrait of the Kiribati people that reveals their strength and grace as they confront the looming waters head on.

77 min.
English & Kiribati

Directed by

Matthieu Rytz


Canada Kiribati New Zealand

Film Category

Environmental Focus International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight


Environment Politics

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