Anote’s Ark

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Rafael 1 Thu, May 3, 2018 7:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Fri, May 4, 2018 1:00 PM
Film Info
Section:The Great Outdoors
Art of Impact
Running Time:77 min.
Premiere Status:California
Director:Matthieu Rytz
Producer:Matthieu Rytz
Screenwriter:Matthieu Rytz
Cinematographer:Matthieu Rytz
Editor:Oana Suteu Khintirian
Mila Aung-Thwin
Cast:Anote Tong
Sermary Tiane
Print Source:Eye Steel Film
Note Writer:Dennis Harvey



CFI launches the 2018 edition of DocLands with Montreal-based photographer/ethnologist Matthieu Rytz’s exquisitely shot feature, a real-time climate change story. Most often a hard-to-grasp scientific abstraction that seems little evident in day-to-day life, climate change could hardly be more heartbreakingly immediate for the residents of Kiribati, a nation in the central Pacific Ocean. The engaging residents in Rytz’s film guide us through their predicament: Kiribati’s 33 atolls sprawl over an expanse as wide as the U.S., yet barely rise above sea level—and that level is rising. As global warming generated by industrialized countries swallows Kiribati whole, this small, isolated culture is being destroyed. Lovely and mournful, Anote’s Ark chronicles the peculiarities of a population whose all-too-imminent future will be strictly as refugees, their homeland only accessible to divers. Will the Herculean efforts of former President Anote Tong stop this catastrophe? Or will it simply warn the world of the lessons that Kiribati’s fate makes so very clear? | CALIFORNIA PREMIERE

IN PERSON Director Matthieu Rytz; Film Subject Anote Tong, former president of Kiribati

May 3rd screening only: preceded by WATER TOWN US 2017, 24 min Director Maya Craig

IN PERSON: Director Maya Craig

Immerse yourself in Matthieu Rytz's ANOTE'S ARK 9-minute virtual reality experience that takes you on a journey to Kiribati. Sign up at the Smith Rafael Film Center throughout the Festival.


PROGRAM $35 / $30 CFI members
PROGRAM & PARTY $55 / $50

9:00-11:00pm | ELKS LODGE, MAPLE LAWN TERRACE, 1312 Mission Avenue, San Rafael

ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH FORUM SCREENING OF ANOTE'S ARK (Public tickets available for purchase)
May 4, 1:00pm | CINÉARTS SEQUOIA

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Matthieu Rytz is a producer, curator, photographer and director. A visual anthropologist by training, he has traveled across the globe to photograph cultural and human diversity over the past ten years. His photographs, as well as those he has commissioned, have been exhibited internationally. He specializes in photographic installation and is currently working on a multidisciplinary project using film, still images and virtual reality. Anote’s Ark is his first feature film.