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Anote's Ark

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne Australia (map)

Dir. Matthieu Rytz | Canada | 2018 | 77 mins

This special event includes a discussion with former Kiribati President, now acclaimed environmental campaigner, Anote Tong.

Anote’s Ark follows the endeavours of Kiribati’s then-President, Anote Tong, to bring international attention to the Pacific nation’s impending submersion due to rising sea levels. With two uninhabited atolls already submerged, the people of Kiribati not only face losing their nation state, but also their culture.

Among those affected is Sermery, a mother of six who is at risk of losing her home as well as her cultural identity. However, with an admirable grace and humour, she contemplates migration as an exit plan to preserve her family’s future. With indomitable spirit, gentle strength and charm, the Kiribati people have become the face of climate change, imploring us to contemplate the crisis of rapidly submerging nations, and the associated impacts on cultural identity. 

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Anote Tong is a guest of the festival and will appear in-conversation with triple J Hack journalist Jo Lauder after the screening of this film. 

Anote Tong’s visit to Australia is supported by the Pacific Calling Partnership.

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Performers from the Victorian Kiribati Association will present a traditional performance before the film.

EFFA Community Storytelling Project short film by Take 3 for the Sea will also premiere before the film.

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  His Excellency Anote Tong Former President of Kiribati   Anote Tong born 11 June 1952 served as President of Kiribati from 2003 to 2016. Tong has been at the forefront of raising global awareness about catastrophic risks caused by climate change. Anote Tong was born in 1952 on Fanning Island (also known as Tabuaeran) in the Line Islands. Educated in New Zealand and in England at the University of Canterbury and the London School of Economics respectively, President Tong holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Economics under his belt.

His Excellency Anote Tong
Former President of Kiribati

Anote Tong born 11 June 1952 served as President of Kiribati from 2003 to 2016. Tong has been at the forefront of raising global awareness about catastrophic risks caused by climate change. Anote Tong was born in 1952 on Fanning Island (also known as Tabuaeran) in the Line Islands. Educated in New Zealand and in England at the University of Canterbury and the London School of Economics respectively, President Tong holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Economics under his belt.

  Jo Lauder, triple J Hack Moderator   Jo Lauder is a reporter for triple j’s national current affairs show, Hack. As a reporter, she’s covered stories about climate change from the perspective of young people, as well as national and local issues affecting young people. Before Hack she worked as a news reporter for the ABC in Wollongong and Nowra.

Jo Lauder, triple J Hack
Moderator

Jo Lauder is a reporter for triple j’s national current affairs show, Hack. As a reporter, she’s covered stories about climate change from the perspective of young people, as well as national and local issues affecting young people. Before Hack she worked as a news reporter for the ABC in Wollongong and Nowra.

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Later Event: October 15
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