International acclaim has been poured on a documentary film that examines the effects of climate change on the Takuu atoll and the people that live there.
There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho follows the lives of three individuals from Takuu as they take on the challenges of climate change.
The low-lying atoll consists of 15 islands and is situated around 250km northeast of Bougainville.
The stars of the film, Teloo, Endar and Satty, each in their own way have their unique traditional Polynesian lifestyles and culture threatened by the emerging global environmental crisis.
The people of Takuu are exposed, as much as any other group on the planet, to the realities of global climate change. Their coastlines are being eaten away by ever rising high tides and increasingly vicious storms which destroy gardens and homes.
The long term habitability of the islands are uncertain and film looks to follow the three stars as they look to forge their own paths, be it through relocation to Bougainville or fighting for survival on Takuu.
There Once was an Island has already won several awards, including best international documentary at the Rome International Film Festival and best documentary at Raindance Film Festival.