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There once was an Island

There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho

Directed by Briar March
New Zealand, 2010


Takuu, an island in Polynesia, is flooding due to climate change. Two scientists investigate the situation while three members of the community, Telo, Endar and Satty, allow us into their lives, their culture and the decisions they have to take.

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There once was an Island Directed by Briar March

Awards & Festivals

DOK Leipzig

2010 | Winner: Film Prize 'Leipziger Ring'

International Documentary Association

2010 | Nominee: Pare Lorentz Award

What are people saying?

  • Evnad's rating of the film There once was an Island

    This was a very depressing but pro-active documentary on the repercussions of climate change. I loved how director Briar March went for a "cinema verite" approach in this movie, since it is an issue that is very of the present. A more abstract contemplation would have done more harm than good for this movie. We learn so much about different residents of the island without the film exoticizing them.

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