What would you do if your home was slowly sinking into the ocean thanks to climate change? If you’ve been following the headlines, you know that this is exactly what’s happening in communities around the world. And “Sun Come Up,” a film documenting what’s happening in one of these communities, is up for an Oscar this year.
“Sun Come Up,” directed by Jennifer Redfearn, tells the story of environmental refugees from Carteret Island. The island in the South Pacific is sinking, and the islanders are being forced to find a new place to live. But the spot they pick is Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, which is recovering from a 10-year civil war. The film tells the complex tale — that’s unfolding in very real time for the Carteret Islanders, whose organization Tulele Peisa (Sailing the Waves on Our Own) is working to relocate 1,700 islanders to Bougainville over the next 10 years.
Now filmmaker Redfearn is taking more direct action to aid these climate change refugees with a campaign to raise $20,000 by organizing 50 Oscar-night parties at homes across the country. Are you up to the challenge of raising at least $400 by Feb. 27 to help fund new homes for the islanders? Sign up for the challenge by contacting Stephanie Bleyer at email@example.com, Ellen Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 917-653-8499. If “Sun Come Up” wins an Oscar that night, the house that raised the most money will get a shout out!
Watch the trailer for “Sun Come Up” below. And if you’re interested in watching the documentary, follow the news about screenings on the film’s website. Next month, the film will be screening at Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival and D.C. Environmental Film Festival.