This month of June, on the occasion of World Environment Day, on June the 5th, The Documentary of the Month is the New Zealand film “There once was an island” about the reality for the culturally unique Polynesian community of Takuu, a tiny low-lying atoll in the South Western Pacific.
As a terrifying tidal flood rips through their already damaged home, the Takuu community experiences the devastating effects of climate change first hand.
In this verite-style film, three intrepid characters Teloo, Endar and Satty, allow us into their lives and their culture and show us first hand the human impact of an environmental crisis. Two scientists, oceanographer John Hunter and geomorphologist Scott Smithers, investigate the situation with our characters and consider the impact of climate change on communities without access to resources or support. Intimate observational scenes allow Teloo, Endar and Satty to take us on their personal journeys as they consider whether to move to an uncertain future in Bougainville or to stay on Takuu and fight for a different, but equally uncertain, outcome.
This film gives a human face to the direct impacts of climate change in the Pacific, challenging audiences everywhere to consider their own relationship to the earth and the other people on it.
On June the 7th, there will be a special screening at Cines Méliès, and a colloquium with Salvador Samitier, director of the Climate Change of the Catalunya Government, and Jordi Mazón, physicist and promoter specialized in meteorology and related sciences. For this session is required an invitation. The premiere will also take place at Cinemes Alexandra, in Barcelona and at the venues of Banyoles, Madrid, Ibiza, Manresa, Girona, and Vilanova I la Geltrú.
From this day, as always, you can visit the website of The Documentary of the Month to check venues and schedules: http://www.eldocumentaldelmes.com/en/documentals/salas.html