Anote's Ark

Matthieu Rytz

Canada 2018, 77 min.


Spoken language: English, Kiribati

Subtitles: English

European premiere

Festival year: 2018

In Oceania, situated in one of the world’s remotest locations, the island nation of Kiribati faces serious jeopardy: the lives of people and animals are threatened by the rapidly rising sea levels caused by climate change. President Tong is engaged in a race against the clock to bring his people to safety.

The delightful Kiribati islands in the Pacific Ocean appeal to the imagination; far from big industry and bustling shopping streets, the problems of modern life seem many miles away. Sadly, reality for the people in Kiribati is less idyllic. Their land, culture and way of life are in danger of vanishing due to one of the biggest problems of our time: climate change caused by the consumption-driven lifestyle of the modern world.

Scientists believe that Kiribati will be one of the first countries to be swallowed up by the sea due to global warming; the islands will soon be uninhabitable. The president, Anote Ton, faces the huge challenge of saving his people from the waves, while at the same time keeping the climate problem on the world leaders’ agenda.

The film follows his struggle against the backdrop of the climate negotiations in Paris, alternating with the personal story of Tiemeri, mother of six, who is doing everything she can to ensure that her family will be able to emigrate to the safe shores of New Zealand.


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Talkshows & debates

Anote’s Ark: Q&A with Bas Jonkman and Bart van den Hurk

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 14:30

Professor of hydraulic engineering Bas Jonkman and KNMI researcher Bart van den Hurk discuss predicting the sea level rise and risks of flooding in relation to the island of Kiribati and new solutions to protect such n

Anote's Ark: introduction by Carola van Rijnsoever

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 13:45

Introduction by Carola van Rijnsoever, Director Inclusive Green Growth, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Anote’s Ark: Introduction by photographer Kadir van Lohuizen

Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 14:00

Photographer Kadir van Lohuizen speaks about his multi media project Where Will We Go? For this project he photographed the world wide consequences of the sea level rise. He also visited the island Kiribati, the focus of A