Finding Refuge: Crossroads Film Series - Anote's Ark

The World Affairs Council of NH presents Finding Refuge, a three-part documentary film and discussion series funded by a New Hamsphire Humanities project grant that will explore the global refugee crisis, which has left 68.5 million people forcibly displaced worldwide. Leaving the statistics behind, we will use film as a point of entry to explore how losing your home and community profoundly changes one's sense of identity, value and belonging. The film Anote's Ark considers this crisis from a nation-state and climate change level, as the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati faces losing its country to sea-level rise. Dr. Sara Withers will facilitate a post-film discussion to reflect on issues brought up by the film.

With sweeping cinematography, Anote's Ark interweaves two poignant stories. Anote Tong, endearing president of the island, races to find options-advocating in international climate negotiations and even investigating building underwater cities. At the same time, warm and sharp-witted Sermery, a young mother of six, tackles every struggle with humour. She must decide whether to leave the only culture she knows on the island and migrate to a new life in New Zealand. Anote's Ark captures the next evolution in the shifting dynamics of climate change-one where borders, technology, and global treaties are urgent and can change daily life as we know it. This portrait of the Kiribati people exudes strength of character and grace as they confront the inevitable change they are facing head-on.

Watch the TRAILER.

Tickets are free for the public, but space is limited. Reserve your tickets today!