Anote's Ark


Cowell Theatre Sun, Sep 9, 2018 8:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Matthieu Rytz
Year of Production:2018
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Topic:Big Nights
Climate Action
Festival Awards
Indigenous People
Running Time:77 min.


What if your country was swallowed by the sea?

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 Sermary, a young mother of six, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of Sermary’s family, the Kiribati people, and 4,000 years of ­Kiribati culture.

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema – Documentary at Sundance 2018.

Expected Guest: Director Matthieu Rytz

Join us for a reception with the filmmaker before the screening! The reception starts at 6:30pm in the Grand Lobby at the Cowell Theater. Entrance to the reception is included with tickets screening at 8pm.

View the Anote's Ark companion photo exhibit on display in the Grand Lobby at Cowell Theater from Sept 7 thru 9.

2018 Best Feature Award 

Program Sponsors:

Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco Consulate General of Switzerland in San FranciscoConsulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco

Community Partners: Blue Drinks Bay Area; Blue Frontier Campaign; Center for Asian American Media (CAAM); International Ocean Film Festival; Shark Stewards

Matthieu RytzMatthieu  Rytz is a producer, curator, photographer and director. A visual anthropologist by training, his passion for photography and ethnology has led him across the globe. He specializes in photographic installation and is currently working on a multidisciplinary project using film, still images and virtual reality. He recently produced, filmed and directed his first feature film, Anote’s Ark, which premiered at Sundance 2018. Matthieu was born in Switzerland and is now a digital nomad.

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