Do you believe in global warming? If not, you probably shouldn’t move to Venice, Italy, Shishmaref, Alaska or Tuvalu, Polynesia, the islands which are the focus of this daunting documentary chronicling the fallout visited upon the planet as a consequence of climate change.
The visually-captivating movie marks the directorial debut of Tokyo’s Kana Tomoko, who mostly lets the pictures do the talking in a film featuring precious little in terms of dialogue. In fact, rather than having experts weigh-in, most of the speaking here is in anecdotal observations of indigenous people from the affected areas, especially children, the future generation about to inherit mammoth ecological challenges.
For instance, Tuvalu, a Polynesian paradise located in the South Pacific, is a virtually flat country which is apparently on the verge of literally sinking into the sea. As one local observes, water is encroaching from every direction, even from below, so nobody knows where to reinforce the soil. The traditional way of life is threatened in Venice, too, where everything from public piazzas to shopping malls routinely get swamped during high tide. There, we’re introduced to 13 year-old Claudio, the forlorn son of a gondolier who frets that he won’t be able to follow in his father’s footsteps.