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What happens when your nation is swallowed by the sea? With the harsh realities of climate change looming, the low-lying Pacific nation Kiribati must find a new solution for the survival of its people. With sweeping cinematography, Anote’s Ark interweaves two poignant stories. Anote Tong, endearing president of the island, races to find options—advocating in international climate negotiations and even investigating building underwater cities. At the same time, warm and sharp-witted Sermary, a young mother of six, tackles every struggle with humour. She must decide whether to leave the only culture she knows on the island and migrate to a new life in New Zealand.

First-time filmmaker Matthieu Rytz sharply captures the next evolution in the shifting dynamics of climate change—one where borders, technology, and global treaties are urgent and can change daily life as we know it. This portrait of the Kiribati people exudes strength of character and grace as they confront the inevitable change they are facing head-on.

Fri. 1/19, 8:30 p.m., Egyptian, PC
Sat. 1/20, 6:45 p.m., Redstone 1, PC
Tue. 1/23, 6:00 p.m., Broadway 6, SLC
Wed. 1/24, 3:00 p.m., Sundance Resort, Provo
Thu. 1/25, 3:00 p.m., Temple, PC
Fri. 1/26, 9:00 a.m., Temple, PC

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY World Doc

COUNTRY Canada

RUN TIME 77 min

LANGUAGE English and Kiribati

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY EYESTEELFILM

WEBSITE www.eyesteelfilm.com

EMAIL bob@eyesteelfilm.com

PHONE (514) 937-4893

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Artist Bio

Matthieu Rytz

Matthieu Rytz is a visual storyteller who for many years has added to the knowledge base around the consequences of erosion brought on by climate change. His media are photography, documentary filmmaking, and combining photography with virtual reality. Anote's Ark is his feature documentary debut. Matthieu also produces the World Press Photo exhibition in Montreal. His pictures, as well as those he commissions, have been exhibited throughout the world.