Sun Come Up is an Oscar-nominated short documentary that follows the relocation of some of the Carteret Islanders, a peaceful community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental refugees. When rising seas threaten their survival, the islanders face a painful decision: they must leave their beloved land in search of a new place to call home.

The film follows a group of young Carteret Islanders led by Nick Hakata as they search for land in Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea 50 miles across the open ocean. The move will not be easy as Bougainville is recovering from a 10-year civil war. Many Bougainvilleans remain traumatized by the “Crisis” as the civil war is known locally. Yet, Sun Come Up isn’t a familiar third world narrative. Out of this tragedy comes a story of hope, strength, and profound generosity.

The educational non-profit, Rethiking Schools, has just released their Spring Issue of the Rethinking Schools Magazine focused on “Climate Crisis in the Classroom.” Two Reel Power films, Deep Down and Dirty Business, are spotlighted in the issue and Sun Come Up fits in perfectly with the teacher guides and recommendations these progressive educators provide.

Make April the month you bring Sun Come Up and the issue of Climate Change to your campus or classroom. Order an educational copy of the Oscar-nominated Sun Come Up today. To place your order email For those of you that want to screen the film at home, be sure too look for it on HBO this Fall.

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