The central Pacific nation of Kiribati is expected to be one of the first countries to disappear as a result of climate change.
Sea level rise and increasing salinity are threatening the homes and lives of over 105,000 residents spread over 33 atolls. Kiribati is one of the least developed countries in the world, and has contributed little to worldwide carbon emissions, yet has the most to lose from global warming.
This documentary film shows clearly the tragic impact of climate change on Kiribati, and exposes the stark global inequalities driving the global warming phenomenon.
The Hungry Tide personalizes the story by following the life and work of Maria Tiimon, who evolves to become one of the most prominent advocates for the rights of Pacific Islanders. Originally from Kiribati, Maria works for an organization in Sydney as an impassioned campaigner for her sinking nation. But right from the start, Maria finds herself frequently torn between the needs of her family on Kiribati and her role on the world stage.