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The Kiribati Project

Empowering youth through visual storytelling 

What is The Kiribati Project?

This educational initiative will introduce approximately two dozen Kiribati youth to video documentary storytelling. The project includes providing participants with otherwise unavailable production equipment. These aspiring storytellers will undergo production training from conception to completion and receive essential support and guidance to effectively apply their newly acquired skills. This initiative aims to empower the youth, enabling them to share their stories through the impactful medium of documentary filmmaking.


Emphasizing mentorship and collaboration, this initiative will create an environment conducive to producing an innovative film. This film will serve as a platform to deliver the personalized stories of a community that often lacks opportunity and access to reach a global audience. Viewers who may be unfamiliar with or lack understanding of the unique place and representation that this community holds will be presented with an opportunity to experience life in Kiribati through film. The initiative seeks to bridge gaps in awareness and provide a global audience with an authentic and enlightening perspective on a lesser-known community.

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Why Kiribati?

Most people couldn’t locate the island nation of Kiribati on a map. Similar to various low-lying countries, it faces issues requiring attention to safeguard its unique culture, beautiful people, and distinctive landscape.
 
The perspectives of Kiribati's youth offer invaluable insights into a place that most will never have the opportunity to visit. Sharing the story of Kiribati with the global community allows us to understand what matters most to its young people and how they envision the future will be for them going forward.

Get to know Kiribati

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Kiribati's 33 island atolls straddle the equator in the central Pacific Ocean. Not unlike many low lying island nations, it is grappling with fluctuating conditions that can disrupt daily life. The nation's vulnerability to external factors poses threats to its inhabitants and the continuity of their lives.

 

Rich in culture and a diverse environment, the Kiribati story is one that many outsiders don't know much about. Through this project, the world will have an opportunity to experience Kiribati from the perspective of the young people we will work with who want to share their stories with the world. 

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The Battle of Tarawa

The Battle of Tarawa was a bloody and costly battle that took place in the Gilbert Islands in November 1943. The battle pitted the United States against Japan, and it resulted in the deaths of nearly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans.

 

The battle had a profound impact on Kiribati, which is now the nation that includes the Gilbert Islands. The battle destroyed most of the infrastructure on Betio Island, including the capital of the Gilbert Islands, and it killed or displaced a large number of Kiribati people. The battle left Kiribati in a state of economic and social disruption.