Sun Come Up

Thematic Program DoubleTake

Carteret Islanders have no time for debate about climate change. They are too busy counting the days they have left on their beloved islands before they succumb to the South Pacific Ocean. Already the rising waters have saturated their crops, requiring them to seek emergency aid from afar. Now they are forced to make the painful choice of whether to evacuate and resettle on a larger island or cling to their land and unique way of life. Either way, their 1,000-year-old culture—they have no electricity or running water and still trade with seashells, not money—is on the brink of change. The island to which these peaceful people will most likely move, Bougainville, still suffers the aftershocks of a violent civil war; guns, violence, substance abuse, and HIV are all prevalent there. The plight of the Carteret Islanders, so tenderly depicted here, puts them at the intersection of global warming and human rights. They are among the world’s first climate refugees.

Robyn Yigit Smith, 2010 Festival

Director

Jennifer Redfearn

Producers

Jennifer Redfearn, Tim Metzger

Editor

David Teague

Cinematographer

Tim Metzger

Release Year

2010

Festival Year

2017

Country

United States

Run Time

38 minutes