Film about sinking country to headline documentary festival
May 10, 2018
Imagine if your were told your island home would become uninhabitable in less than 60 years because of climate change.
That’s the problem that faces the people of Kiribati.
A poignant new film about Kiribati and climate change will headline the opening of the Documentary Edge Festival, which returns to the Roxy Cinema in Miramar on Wednesday.
Anote’s Ark follows former President of Kiribati Anote Tong’s international advocacy for his sinking island nation alongside the story of a Kiribati mother of six as she grapples with the transition of moving her family to New Zealand, likely leaving Kiribati behind forever.
The film debuted at Sundance in January this year with positive reviews saying the film was ‘moving’ ‘breathtaking’ and ‘beautiful’.
Festival producer Morgan Leigh Stewart said the film showed the human side of climate change. “It’s really about how climate change is affecting lives and physically, land in the Pacific, and about the former president of Kiribati who has gone to extreme lengths to try to solve this problem for his people.”
“We wanted to focus on the Pacific, which is very topical in many ways. Also it’s just a beautiful film, a beautiful portrait of a really human side of climate change.”
The festival, now in its 13th year, features more than 50 films.
Anote’s Ark will show on Wednesday night at a black-tie opening gala at the Roxy, which will likely attract some of the New Zealand film and television industry’s most rubbable shoulders.
9-20 May 2018 – Doc Edge Festival: Wellington – The Roxy Cinema, Miramar
23 May – 4 June 2018 – Doc Edge Festival: Auckland – Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
18 May 2018 – Screen Edge Forum: Wellington – Park Road Post, Miramar
26 May 2018 – Screen Edge Forum: Auckland – University of Auckland CBD