Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sun Come Up

Sun Come Up Film
First Screening in Canada

The Oscar-nominated film Sun Come Up follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a peaceful community living on a chain of tranquil islands in the South Pacific, and now, some of the world's first environmental refugees. Small island communities contribute the least to climate change, yet they are among the hardest hit. The Carteret Islanders have secured new land, but now they need homes.

When rising seas threaten their survival, the islanders face a painful decision: they must leave their beloved land in search of a new place to call home.

The film follows a group of young Carteret Islanders led by Nick Hakata as they search for land in Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea 50 miles across the open ocean.

The move will not be easy as Bougainville is recovering from a 10-year civil war. Many Bougainvilleans remain traumatized by the “Crisis” as the civil war is known locally. Yet, Sun Come Up isn’t a familiar third world narrative. Out of this tragedy comes a story of hope, strength, and profound generosity.

Sun Come Up Trailer from Sun Come Up on Vimeo.

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