Anote's Ark

Screenings

June 15, 2018
7:00 PM /
New York
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Matthieu Rytz and Marcos Orellana, Director, Environment and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
QA Session with the Filmmaker
June 18, 2018
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Matthieu Rytz and Marcos Orellana, Director, Environment and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
QA Session with the Filmmaker

“I want to emphasize that climate change is not a political issue. It's not entirely an economic issue. It's an issue of survival. Maybe today for countries like mine. But in the future, for the planet as a whole.” - Anote Tong, film subject, Anote’s Ark

What if your country was swallowed by the sea? The idyllic Pacific nation of Kiribati will be submerged within decades due to climate change. As President Anote Tong passionately embarks upon a race against time to save his people and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture, islanders are already feeling the pressure to relocate. Sermary, a young mother of six, must decide whether to use a sought-after lottery visa and leave her children behind to build a future for her family overseas. Set against the backdrop of international climate negotiations and the fight to recognize climate displacement as an urgent human rights issue, Anote’s Ark presents personal stories that serve as cautionary tales for the entire world.
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2018

Filmmaker(s): 
Matthieu Rytz
Year: 
2018
77m
Language(s): 
English, Kiribati
Genre: 
Documentary
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Matthieu Rytz
Director

Matthieu Rytz is a producer, curator, photographer and director. A visual anthropologist by training, his passion for photography and ethnology has led him across the globe to photograph cultural and human diversity over the past ten years. His photographs, as well as those he has commissioned, have been exhibited internationally. He strives to bear witness to complex human stories and focus especially on the relationship between Man and Nature. He specializes in photographic installation and is currently working on a multidisciplinary project using film, still images and virtual reality - whatever best serves the story. He recently produced, filmed and directed his first feature film, Anote’s Ark, a documentary dealing with the realities of climate justice and migration. It premiered at Sundance 2018.

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