THERE ONCE WAS AN ISLAND

THERE ONCE WAS AN ISLAND

Briar March

2010 80 min.

Original Version with Catalan/Spanish subtitles
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Technical specs

    • Director: Briar March
    • Music: The Sound Room, Mark Smythe
    • Sound: Jeffrey Holdaway
    • Editors: Prisca Bouchet, Briar March
    • Producer: Lyn Collie
    • Suitable for all audiences

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What if your community had to decide whether to leave their homeland forever and there was no help available? This is 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 Telo, 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.

About direction (Briar March)

Briar is a documentary filmmaker and Fulbright scholar. Her films have been broadcast on major television networks, released in commercial cinemas, and regularly exhibited in international film festivals. She has received over 30 international awards for her directing, producing, editing, and cinematography. Her filmography includes two feature length documentaries, There Once Was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho (2010), and Allie Eagle and Me (2004), and four shorts: Smoke Songs (2011), Michael & His Dragon (2010), Sick Wid It (2010), and Promenade (2011). Briar has an MFA from Stanford University and a BFA from the University of Auckland.

Awards & Festivals

  • Festival Int. du Film Documentaire Océanien – Jury Grand Prix. Tahití, 2010.
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – Natural Facts Award. EEUU, 2010.
  • Millennium International Documentary Film Festival – Best Development Message. Bélgica, 2010.
  • Leipzig Documentary Film Festival - Leipziger Ring Award. Alemania, 2010