Water Town

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Anote’s Ark
Rafael 1 Thu, May 3, 2018 7:00 PM
OPENING NIGHT FILM + PARTY 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
Film Info
Running Time:23 min.
Director:Maya Craig
Producer:Maya Craig
Cinematographer:Maya Craig
Editor:Maya Craig


The city of Weed embarks upon a David vs. Goliath battle to win back their water rights from a large timber company.

IN PERSON: Director Maya Craig

Thank you to our community partner Berkeley Film Foundation.

Please note: "Water Town" plays with the Thursday, May 3rd screening of Anote's Ark.

Additional Information

Maya Craig is a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker and freelance director of photography working across non-fiction, narrative, and commercial production. She’s worked with creative agencies in the Bay Area since 2010 including Mekanism, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, and Rapt; and on feature documentaries at Jigsaw Productions in NYC and Investigative Reporting Productions in Berkeley. Craig is a graduate of UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s documentary film program, and has been most recently shooting a feature documentary about historical land injustice in Kenya for The New York Times.