Anote's Ark


TIFF Lightbox 2 Wed, May 2, 2018 10:15 AM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Fri, May 4, 2018 1:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2017
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Australia & Oceania
Ecology & the Environment
Politics & Political Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Matthieu Rytz
Producer(s):Matthieu Rytz
Executive Producer(s):Bob Moore
Mila Aung-Thwin
Daniel Cross
Shari Sant Plummer
Shannon O'Leary Joy
Editor(s):Oana Suteu Khintirian
Mila Aung-Thwin
Writer(s):Matthieu Rytz
Cinematography:Matthieu Rytz
Composer:Patrick Watson
Sound:Sylvain Bellemare


Also screening in the Big Ideas Series presented by Scotia Wealth Management

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati consists of 33 low-lying isles and atolls. The country is so remote that many islanders hoped its location would keep it immune from global turmoil—but scientific research estimates Kiribati will be completely underwater within this century. Through multiple lenses, Anote's Ark looks at the climate change predicament facing this unique country. We meet former president Anote Tong, who desperately asks during a speech at the UN Human Rights Council, "Who do we appeal to and turn to for our people to survive?" On a more intimate level, the film tells the story of Sermary, a young mother of three, seeking a new life for her family in New Zealand. Through these two stories, Anote's Ark balances the personal with the political and presents us with an ambitious and layered film about an undeniable climate change calamity. Aisha Jamal

Explore technology and issues from the film further at Hot Docs Salons co-presented with Autodesk.

Additional Information

Toronto Star - 3.5 Stars

CBC - "'Our islands will be under water': One small nation's fight against climate change."

NOW - 3 Stars, "Impactful."

POV - "Striking."

Panic Manual - "Beautifully shot."

Toronto Life - "Intimate and in-depth, Hot Docs' Big Ideas Series delivers enriches thinking about people trying to change the world for the better."

Urban Toronto - "Hot Docs Starts Tomorrow: A Few Films to Consider"