Time & Tide takes an unflinching look at the ironic and tragic fate of Tuvalu, a remote island country, walking the line between hope and unimaginable loss. Within an artfully woven tapestry that confronts these profound global issues, this film paints an honest and endearing portrait of a land and its culture on the brink of extinction.
Time & Tide is a poetic and thought-provoking documentary about a land and its people heading towards irreversible tragedy. The story is told through the eyes of a group of expatriates from the tiny island nation of Tuvalu. Most of them have been away from Tuvalu for many years. Now they travel across the ocean to their home island of Funafuti. On their way, they reminisce about the Tuvalu from their memories and eagerly anticipate arriving in their beloved homeland. But, their nostalgia quickly gives way to reality and they find themselves ill-prepared for the Tuvalu that awaits them.
A multi-million dollar deal with an internet company has brought new development, altering the landscape and bringing flocks of foreigners to the capital. As the locals and expatriates both struggle to cope with the severe cultural change due to globalization, a greater threat looms on the horizon: driven by climate change resulting from global warming, a steadily rising sea level is stealing their precious and already limited land.
Available through May 2011.
Co-Producer/Directors: Julie Bayer and Josh Salzman
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Winner: Best Documentary, The Big Muddy Film Festival
Winner: Special Jury Award, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
Winner: 2006 Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Winner: ReelHeART Film Festival, Toronto
Underwriters: Pacific Pioneer Fund and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Executive producers: Loretta Jeneski, Michael Degan, Peter Gilbert
Director of photography: Josh Salzman
Editor: Matt Martin
Music Composer: Andrew McLean
Format: CC Stereo