Kiribati President Anote Tong races to protect his nation's people from imminent sea level rise; a young mother of six fights to migrate her family to New Zealand.
- Matthieu Rytz
- Full-Length Film
- Subject Matter
- Climate Change
- Featured In
The remote Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the first countries in the world that must confront the effects of climate change. The imminent annihilation from sea-level rise is at their shores, and Kiribati’s President Anote Tong must find a way to save his people. Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Tong’s struggle for global action is intertwined with the intimate story of Tiemeri, a young mother of six migrating from Kiribati to New Zealand to escape the rising tides. At stake is the survival of Tiemeri’s family, the Kiribati people, and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture.
MATTHIEU RYTZ - Producer / Director
Matthieu Rytz is a producer, curator, photographer and director. A visual anthropologist by training, his passion for photography and ethnology has led him across the globe to photograph cultural and human diversity over the past ten years. His photographs, as well as those he has commissioned, have been exhibited internationally.
He strives to bear witness to complex human stories and focus especially on the relationship between Man and Nature. He specializes in photographic installation and is currently working on a multidisciplinary project using film, still images and virtual reality - whatever best serves the story.
He recently produced, filmed and directed his first feature film, Anote’s Ark, a documentary dealing with the realities of climate justice and migration. It premiered at Sundance 2018.
Matthieu was born in Switzerland and is now a digital nomad and can be followed at rytz.co