1. Tarawa, the bellybutton of the world

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    From every weather station in the pacific rises at eleven o’clock exactly a big yellow balloon. Soa also from the lawn of the meteorological institute on Tarawa, the main island of Kiribati. Sensitive sensors below the balloon register humidity, wind speed and temperature. All of these data go directly to...
  2. Memorable Marakei

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    Just before take of the small airplane cabin looks like a Roman steam bath. The sweat we did not lose in the past ten days, now leaves our body. It does not bother us much. We are focussed on the world outside the stuffy machine of Air Kiribati. We wave...
  3. Crab tunnel

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          ‘A navigator knows everything of currents, winds and clouds. He predicts the weather. A good navigator even knows exactly what is happening in the World.’ Wow. We are sitting on the Floor across Auraria Maasera, weather forecaster and oracle of Raweai. ‘And how does someone become a...
  4. Nursery/Shelter

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    We are sleeping on a dead volcano. Thousands of years ago, the top disappeared under the sea. Around and on the borders of this volcano coral started to grow just beneath the surface. For centuries the coral grew at the same pace that the volcano sunk. That is how a...
  5. Bapai

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            Bapai is the Kiribati word for taro, a large root vegetable that is part of the basic food. The grey gooey chunks that have been several times with the fish made us curious to the backgrounds of this product. So today we are going ‘into the...
  6. Both feed on the ground in paridise

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    A jealous making blog about dolphins, the continuous flow of fresh fish and coconut milk as soda makes you think as reader that we landed in paradise. About time we nuance this image. Ask forgiveness to your back and hip joints before you arrive on Marakei. They will face some...
  7. Another day at the office

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        We will go along fishing at the sea today. All men of the village are fishermen en they fish on a daily basis. Boys throw at the beach elegantly the long slender nets into the sea at low tide. Then they  immediately  walk into the waves to pick...
  8. The community house

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    The maneaba, the community house is the heart of the village. It is an enormous palm leave roof on stilts that functions as community, party and meeting centre, as day-care, as courthouse and as retirement club. On the road a cut palm tree leave functions as a traffic sign: you...
  9. Palm tree as department store

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    The tropical atoll island Marakei was not always covered in palm trees. That is not only what the scientist say but also the storytellers of our village Raweai. The myth of palm tree starts with Tararei, the ugliest men who ever lived on the island. He lived in the south...
  10. Crime and Punishment

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    Since we have greeted and sacrificed to the Goddesses, we can walk around anywhere, talk to, film and photograph people. And that is what we do. In a short period of time we will record ten films with topics related to climate change. We will have to work out our...