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There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho Film (Trailer) – 2010 Documentary

There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho

Film (Trailer) – 2010 Documentary

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Climate change is not just a theory for the people of Takuu, a tiny atoll in Papua New Guinea. Floods and climate-related impacts have forced Teloo, Endar and Satty to consider whether they should stay on their slowly-drowning home, or accept a proposal that would see them move to Bougainville, away from the sea. In this award-winning documentary they also learn more about the impact of climate change from two visiting scientists (an oceanographer and geomorphologist). Director Briar March’s second feature-length doco travelled to over 50 film festivals.

Key Cast & Crew

Briar March

Director, Editor, Co-Producer, Cinematographer

Prisca Bouchet


Lyn Collie

Producer, Additional Camera

[The film] derives its significant emotional impact primarily from the vulnerability and artlessness of the Takuu islanders. The director wisely ensures they are kept to the fore. These people are confronted with the kind of tragedy few of us will ever have to face and of a magnitude that is difficult to fathom. To lose your entire land would be to lose your sense of place in the world.
– Jacob Powell, in a review on website The Lumière Reader, 14 June 2010