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 recognise climate displacement as an urgent human rights issue, Anote’s Ark presents personal stories that serve as cautionary tales for the entire world.
The film (2018, 77 minutes, in English) will be followed by a panel discussion with:
Mere Falemaka, Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of the Pacific Islands Forum to the United Nations, WTO and Other International Organisations in Geneva
Dina Ionesco, Head of Environmental Migration and Climate Change Division, International Organisation for Migration
Eva Romée van der Marel, Visiting Fellow, the Graduate Institute, Geneva and PhD Candidate, The Arctic University of Norway (moderator)
Samuel Turpin, Photojournalist and Director of Humans&Climate Change Stories
The screening is organised on the occasion of World Environment Day in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme and the Geneva Environment Network.
Entry is free, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.