DIRECTOR: Matthieu Rytz TCC DIVERSITY FILM SERIES | TUESDAY FILM SERIES
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 citizens are already seeking safe harbour overseas. Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Anote's struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of Sermary, a young mother of six, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of Sermary's family, the Kiribati people, and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture.
Sermary's storyline is less flashy but more impactful, showing the emotional toll of climate change inaction on Indigenous culture.Kevin Ritchie, NOW Toronto
The film's waning moments suggest that hope for this paradise may be lost.Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star