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There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho (2010)

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While many politicians and scientists are still arguing if global warming is a myth, the people of Takuu are all too aware that it's a real and present danger. Takuu is one of the Mortlock Islands in the South Pacific, and as climate change has caused glaciers to melt, the level of the ocean has risen -- so much so that Takuu is disappearing, with the water claiming more land with each passing year. While scientists are baffled about what to do to save the island, Richard Moyle, an anthropologist with the University of Auckland, has been visiting Takuu as the people struggle with the knowledge that their homes and their way of life is destined to disappear in the not so distant future. Filmmaker Briar March offers a look into the lives of people whose land is being consumed by the sea in the documentary Te Henua E Nnoho (aka There Once Was An Island), a study of the disappearance not merely of Takuu but of a culture and a language. There Once Was An Island was an official selection at the 2010 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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