Someplace With A Mountain
Directed by Steve Goodall | USA | 2010 | 51min | Subtitled | (Q&A)
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“If you can watch our islands, send a ship when you see us going under. Otherwise, we may be lost.” This message was sent to President Obama by Rapwi, Master Navigator of Puluwat, Micronesia. Descendants of early Polynesian Lapita Navigators, the people of the 7-square-kilometer atoll of Puluwat have lived a life of self-sufficiency. Few outsiders have visited. The nearest large island is Yap, reachable only after days of sailing. By chance in 2004, Californian Steve Goodall arrived at the breathtakingly beautiful atoll. Unaware of global warming, the people described their worries about the rising seas and their fear of saltwater poisoning the taro fields, life-giving palms toppling, and beaches narrowing. The chiefs asked, “Where can we go? We have no mountain!” Goodall recorded their plight on film and sought help and a new home for the people. This revealing documentary puts a human face on climate change and shows how cooperation can help a people in danger as the seas rise. - Betsy Cramer
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