Canada / Kiribati / 2018 / 77min / English / Matthieu Rytz

What happens when your nation is being swallowed by the sea? With the harsh realities of climate change looming, the low-lying Pacific nation Kiribati (pop: 100,000) must find a solution to ensure the survival of its people.

With sweeping cinematography, Anote's Ark interweaves two poignant stories. Anote Tong, endearing President of the island, races to find options— he advocates in international climate negotiations and investigates building underwater cities. At the same time, warm and sharp-witted Sermary, a young mother of six, tackles every struggle with humour. She must decide whether or not to uproot her family, leave her 4,000 year old culture behind and migrate to a new life in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Kiwi Briar March, whose 2010 film There Once Was An Island also explores the effects of rising sea levels on a small atoll in Papua New Guinea, makes a significant contribution to this new film.

Asia Pacific Premiere / Learn more

Please note / Recommended PG

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