‘Sun Come Up’ Carteret documentary nominated for Oscars

From the Carteret Project Blog

Congratulations to Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger on the nomination of SUN COME UP in Best Documentary, Short Subject film at the 83rd Academy Awards for an an Academy Award, the U.S. film industry’s top prize. It was nominated for the Oscar from a list of 30 eligible entries which was narrowed down to eight. The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Look out for it!

Sun Come Up Trailer from Sun Come Up on Vimeo.

SUN COME UP has been described as “a lyrical documentary that follows the relocation of the first indigenous culture to lose their ancestral land to climate change – the Carteret Islanders, a community of 3,000 people living on a chain of low-lying islands in the South Pacific Ocean. This is a story about the human face of climate change and a people faced with the loss of a land in which their identity rests.”

The documentary was produced in 2009 when the Carteret Islanders were faced with no options but a bleak future. In that same year however, in May 2009, the Carteret Islands Project was birthed. This is a prototype community transformation project owned and driven by the islanders themselves and assisted by a venture philanthropic company based in Singapore in terms of funding, management know-how and technology. The success of this project would empower them with resources which would give them options to find alternative solutions other than relocation.

“The sentiment among Pacific Islanders suggests that they do not want to abandon their homelands or be absorbed into cultures where indigenous people already struggle for acceptance. “It is about much more than just finding food and shelter,” said Tarita Holm, an analyst with the Palauan Ministry of Resources and Development. “It is about your identity.” One clan chief said that ”he would rather sink with the islands than leave.” (Refugees Join List of Climate-Change Issues, By Neil MacFarquhar, New York Times, May 28, 2009)

This project has struck a powerful chord with the islanders. If they had a choice, they would rather stay on in their island home. Now they have.

Director Redfearn says about the Carteret islanders’ plight, “I want to move people. I want to either make them angry, make them sad, make them frustrated, and I want to take that anger and that frustration and that sadness and turn that into action.” Voice of America | 7 February 2011

If you have been moved and you want to be part of something that will empower the islanders to stay on in their islands, contact us.

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