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Tikopia

Production year: 2006 | 1x52' | Genres: Lifestyle / Travel
Tikopia
Origin country: Norway
Production company: Merkur Filmproduksjon AS
Original title: Tikopia
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: M&E

In 2003, Tikopia, an isolated island in the Pacific, was hit by the strongest cyclone ever measured in the Southern Hemisphere. For an entire week, the world held its breath, fearing that all of the 1200 inhabitants on the island had been swept away by the sea.

However, because of their ancient culture and knowledge of nature, none of the Tikopians died, although nearly all of their houses were destroyed and belongings lost. The documentary illustrates life on the island both before  and after the cyclone hit. Future tribal chief John tells of his struggle to rebuild the island. He explains why he wishes to resist Western modernisation in the small island society.

Due to the crews’ unique knowledge of Polynesian culture, and the friendships they developed with the Tikopians, viewers are not only shown everyday life on the island, but also introduced to the beauty of this ancient way of living.

For these islanders, Global Warming is not a theoretical hypothesis. It is part of their daily lives.

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