The Republic of the Marshall Islands was once the testing site for some of the biggest nuclear weapons ever made by the United States. Today, the impacts of those tests are still felt by the people who call these islands home. Acclaimed Marshallese poet and activist, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, explores the nuclear testing legacy of her country through the legends and stories of one particular island that houses a dark secret.
This film was Dan Lin’s first ever project in filmmaking. Prior to this, he had worked extensively as a photojournalist in the Pacific region. He entered into the film world as a response to the complexity of issues arising from the Pacific and with a desire to provide a more visceral experience for the broader audience. He is primarily interested in telling stories of Indigenous peoples and their connection to the land and sea.
The poem by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner