|Can’t you just feel the waters and hear the waves break on the shore?
This very well could be St John but actually was shot on Takuu, a small Polynesian community
which is part of Papua New Guinea
Courtesy of St John Film:
Directed by Briar March, 80 minutes, Documentary, 2010
January 15, 2013/ 7:30 pm / St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay
Among the world’s first climate change refugees, a unique Pacific island community considers leaving their homeland forever to escape life-threatening sea level rise. There Once Was an Island presents the human face of climate change, challenging audiences everywhere to consider their relationship to the earth and to their neighbors.
What if your community had to decide whether to leave its homeland forever and there was no apparent help available? This is the reality for the culturally unique Polynesian community of Takuu, a tiny, low-lying Pacific Ocean atoll within Papau New Guinea. As a tidal flood submerges this fishing and agricultural community they experience the devastating effects of climate change, firsthand.
In this documentary, the three intrepid characters of Teloo, Endar, and Satty allow us into their lives and culture, showing us the human face behind environmental crisis. Two scientists, oceanographer John Hunter and geomorphologist Scott Smithers, investigate the impact of climate change on communities with limited access to resources and support, while the citizens of Takuu consider whether to move to an uncertain future in Bougainville or to stay on Takuu and fight for a different, but equally uncertain, outcome.