Documentary film, Japan 2009, Kana Tomoko, 106 min.
Three islands, all very different, yet each threatened in its very existence by climate change: Tuvalu in the South Pacific, Venice in Italy and Shishmaref in Alaska. Three islands with their own specialities of nature, culture and their inhabitants. Different daily routines, rituals, festivities. And – different ways of dealing with the threat posed by the rising of the sea level. Italy’s technical possibilities are not available in Tuvalu and Shishmaref. Yet their inhabitants have developed rituals and traditions that strengthen the cohesion of the community.
The film was made over a period of three years and differs from many other films on climate change by refraining from over-dramatisation when showing the beauties of the landscape, the culture and the people – which, as they are now, will be lost, sooner or later. Slow images and an intensive soundscape create a portrayal of the richness of nature and culture that, against the background of climate change, merges into a sense of loss.