When rising seas threaten their survival, the islanders face a painful decision: they must leave their beloved land in search of a new place to call home. The film follows a group of young Carteret Islanders led by Nick Hakata as they search for land in Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea 50 miles across the open ocean. The move will not be easy as Bougainville is recovering from a 10-year civil war. Many Bougainvilleans remain traumatized by the ‘Crisis’ as the civil war is known locally. Yet, ‘Sun Come Up’ isn’t a familiar third world narrative. Out of this tragedy comes a story of hope, strength, and profound generosity.
Jennifer Redfearn is a New York-based director, producer, and writer. She has worked on programming for WGBH, WNET, the Discovery Channel, TLC, and independent productions. She is currently producing a documentary about climate change conflicts in Africa for MediaStorm. Prior to this in 2008, she co-produced a two-hour special, ‘Doctors’ Diaries’ and a medical series for Discovery. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. ‘Sun Come Up’ is her first independent documentary.
Sun Come Up
USA, Papua New Guinea
2010, 39', color, video
Shahzad Ismaily, Qasim Naqvi
Jennifer Redfearn, Tim Metzger
Festivals & Awards:
Selected for the Oscar shortlist for short documentaries
Heartland Film Festival 2010 - Crystal Heart Award
Montana CINE International Film Festival 2010 - Best of Festival
Environmental/Climate Change Film
Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival 2010 - Best Cultural/Human Interest Film
Cinemambiente Festival 2010 - Special Mention (WWF Award)
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