There Once was an Island: Te Henua E Nnoho was directed by Brier March and produced by Lyn Collie. This film was a documentary on the people in a small community, Takuu, in Papua New Guinea and their struggle to save their beautiful home on the island. Takuu is being destroyed from erosion and immeasurable floods. The people realize that they can only hope that they will be able to continue their lifestyle and culture on the land of their ancestors, the very same land that is disintegrating right before their very eyes.
From the amazing cinematography to the shocking message, this film was breathtaking. I realized how many cultures have been lost due to the influence from the outside world, and here are a group of people, the Takuu, who are striving to keep their continuous culture and lifestyle alive for the following generations to pursue. Chelsey Tafeamalii, a young viewer, also made the comment: “This film was not any ordinary ‘save-the-environment’ kind of film, but had various life-lessons that one could walk away with.”
If you are looking to watch a casual comedy, this may not be the film for you to see, but if you want to see a film about how family is the most important thing and how hope can be the only weapon against keeping a thriving home, then prepare yourself for a shocking, astounding film such as this one.
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