CIFF Selects screening at Unity College

Feb 08, 2013
“Sun Come Up” follows the relocation of some of the world’s first environmental refugees.

Unity — Camden International Film Festival’s CIFF Selects program has partnered with Unity College to present a series of free sustainable science focused documentaries at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts. On Thursday, Feb. 21, the series will screen the documentary film “Sun Come Up” and a selection of “Facing Climate Change” short films. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A with “Sun Come Up” filmmaker Jennifer Redfearn.

“Sun Come Up” is an Academy Award-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 and build relationships in war-torn Bougainville, 50 miles across the open ocean.

“Facing Climate Change” is documentary series that tells the story of global change through local people. The four shorts featured explore the impacts of global climate change through people who live and work in the Pacific Northwest. From wildfire fighters and potato farmers to coastal tribes, children with asthma and shellfish growers, people throughout this region must confront and adapt to the consequences of warming. Their unique stories about who they are and what they do, their everyday challenges and long-term ambitions help to make an abstract issue more accessible to local audiences, while also contributing to a global conversation.

Upcoming CIFF Selects screenings include “Chasing Ice” on March 14 and “King Corn” on April 18.

The Camden International Film Festival is recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers. For more information, visit

Unity College is a small private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education, which emphasizes the environment and natural resources. For more information on the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, call 948-7469 or visit

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