Anote Tong in Conversation + Anote’s Ark

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Anote Tong in Conversation + Anote’s Ark


Friday May 10 06:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $15.00
General Admission: $20.00


About the Film:

In partnership with Honolulu Civil Beat, join us for a keynote address by His Excellency, Anote Tong, former President of The Republic of Kiribati, and a moderated conversation to discuss how sea level rise affects our Pacific Island communities and how Pacific Islanders can lead the way in addressing current issues of climate change. The talk will be moderated by Honolulu Civil Beat’s Nathan Eagle and is presented in conjunction with a screening of Anote’s Ark directed by Matthieu Rytz.

Program timeline
5pm - Doors open
6pm - Keynote address by Anote Tong
6:30pm - Screening of Anote's Ark
8pm - Anote Tong in Conversation

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. With his atoll nation of Kiribati rising an average height of two meters above sea level, rising sea levels due to climate change pose an existential threat to Kiribati and other small island states in the Pacific. Tong directed Kiribati’s purchase of approximately 20 square kilometers of land in Fiji in 2014 as a contingency refuge for his people. Twice nominated for the Nobel-Peace Prize, winner of the Sunhak Peace Prize and 2012 Hillary Laureate, His Excellency has been awarded leadership and environmental prizes for his work both in environmental protection and his advocacy on climate change and its effects. Anote Tong, dubbed as a ‘climate warrior’, pioneered the notion of ‘migration with dignity’ to prevent the people of Kiribati from becoming ‘climate refugees’.

Nathan Eagle is a staff reporter and photographer for Honolulu Civil Beat, an online news site dedicated to public service and investigative journalism. He joined the staff in 2012 after serving as managing editor of The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai. He covers climate change and its impacts on the islands as part of a special project called Hawaii 2040.

Anote’s Ark
Directed by Matthieu Rytz. USA. 2018. 77 min.
The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. While Kiribati’s President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati are already seeking safe harbour overseas. Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Anote’s struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of Tiemeri, a young mother of six, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of Tiemeri’s family, the Kiribati people, and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture.

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The Honolulu Museum of Art is proud to participate in Science on Screen®, an initiative to offer creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. This is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 

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