Sun Come Up is available with Spanish subtitles by request.
An Oscar® nominated film about some of the world's first environmental refugees.Watch Trailer
Sun Come Up is an Oscar® nominated film that shows the human face of climate change. The film follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental refugees.
When climate change threatens their survival, the islanders face a painful decision. They must leave their ancestral land in search of a new place to call home. Sun Come Up follows a group of young islanders as they search for land in war-torn Bougainville, 50 miles across the open ocean.
Sun Come Up provokes discussion about climate change, displacement, and the rights of vulnerable communities around the globe.
Recommended by educators as a valuable teaching companion for courses in:
Environmental & International law
Anthropology, Sociology & Ethnography
Peace and Conflict Resolution
Multicultural & Religious Studies
Political Science & International Relations
Documentary Filmmaking & Media Studies
Sun Come Up is a lovely, moving, and valuable report on the environmental and social consequences of the global warming. People in America who still doubt the reality, let alone the cost, of global warming should be required to watch this film, and all students, teachers, and members of the public would be benefit from seeing it.
Anthropology Review Database
Sun Come Up gives a human face to the global crisis of climate change. This moving account of climate refugees' search for a new home is a powerful way to introduce students to the most urgent issue of our time.
Professor of English and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin
Sun Come Up offers a thought-provoking and inspiring glimpse into how one community is adapting to climate change.
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program, Wellesley College
Sun Come Up was a stunning and engaging opening to my Environmental Ethics class. It has resonated with students throughout the semester.
Professor of Humanities, Aims Community College
Anne M. Machin
This debut doc captures a poignant historical transition as the Carteret Islanders search for a new home in the South Pacific, their tiny piece of paradise doomed to the rising oceans of climate change.
Academy Award® Nominee – Best Documentary Short
US Broadcast – HBO Documentary Films
IDA DocuWeeks –Theatrical Showcase
Winner – Crystal Heart Award, Heartland Festival
Winner – Golden Cine Best of Festival, Montana Cine Festival
Winner – Best Cultural/Human Interest Film, Flagstaff Mountain Festival
Special Mention – Cinemambiente, Italy
Official selection – Full Frame
Official selection – Camerimage
Climate Change: Impacts, Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation in Developing Countries
IPCC 2007 Climate Change Report Summary
Suffering the Science: Climate Change, People and Poverty
Atoll Island States and Climate Change: Sovereignty Implications
State of the Climate in 2011
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