Last chance to see emerging Asian-Pacific cinematic talent

Tiemeri (Sermary) Tiare with one of her children in a scene from “Anote’s Ark.” -- Photo courtesy the MACC

Hawaii International Film Festival concludes with the showing of “Anote’s Ark” at 1:30 p.m. today in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

This film, from Canada, depicts the currently perilous position, due to rising sea levels, of the island nation of Kiribati, a multi-island nation in the Central Pacific.

As Anote Tong, Kiribati’s president, races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many I-Kiribati have already left seeking safe harbor overseas.

The film is set against the backdrop of international climate change negotiations and the fight to recognize climate displacement as an urgent human rights issue. Tong’s personal struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of Tiemeri (Sermary as she is called in the film) Tiare, a young mother of six, who decides to migrate her family to New Zealand.

At stake are the survival of Sermary’s family, the I-Kiribati people and 4,000 years of I-Kiribati culture.

Anote Tong (center) in a scene from “Anote’s Ark.” -- Photo courtesy the MACC

Running time for “Anote’s Ark” is 77 minutes.

Tickets for today’s show are $12 plus applicable fees and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or visiting www.mauiarts .org.