“Climate change is the greatest moral challenge for humanity. We haven’t risen to the challenge.” (Anote Tong)
“Matthieu Rytz expresses the urgency of the situation by capturing the scale of Kiribati and its plight with awesome power…. A compelling study of one man’s plight to fight global warming and our collective need to respond.” (POV magazine)
The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far removed from the challenges of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the existential drama of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. While former Kiribati President Anote Tong races to protect his nation’s people and their fragile culture, his struggle is intertwined with the story of Sermary, a warm and sharp-witted mother of six who fights to emigrate with her family to New Zealand. With sweeping cinematography, Anote’s Ark captures a world in which borders, technology, and global treaties are urgent matters of daily life to a people who confront inevitable change head-on.
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