October 4, 2002 |
This isolated country is not much more than a few specks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Its population wouldn't fill a fifth of Dodger Stadium. Its highest point is 16 feet above sea level. But Tuvalu is at the center of international debate over climate change. Many of Tuvalu's people worry that rising sea levels caused by global warming will wash away their country. They talk of suing the U.S.
February 18, 2002 |
To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, the world will little note nor long remember the inhabitants of the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu. But these 11,000 people, who live on nine coral atolls a few hundred miles northwest of American Samoa, have earned a distinction, however dubious. They may comprise the first country to pay the ultimate price for a changing climate: national extinction. Rising sea levels are gradually inundating Tuvalu.
February 1, 2002 |
Veit Helmer's "Tuvalu" is a jaunty, captivating fairy tale told essentially in mime and shot through with the sooty humor of its Eastern European locale. This one-of-a kind charmer casts an immediate and delightful spell, and could never have happened without its enchanting setting, a vast and crumbling Beaux Arts building. Helmer found the building in the heart of Sofia, Bulgaria, although for purposes of the story it's supposed to be in that country's town of Varna, on the Black Sea.
November 25, 2000 |
When you live in Tuvalu, a nation of nine coral atolls strewn like petals across the South Pacific, there's nothing abstract about global warming or recent changes in the weather. The government there is exploring whether to buy land in another country, in case rising seas or storms force evacuation of the entire 10,000-member population. Teleke P.
September 4, 2000 |
Plenty of entrepreneurs have ventured onto the Internet in search of money, fame or power. But the tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu is probably the only country that can thank the Internet for bestowing political clout and diplomatic legitimacy. Tuesday, Tuvalu will realize a long-held dream by becoming the 189th member of the United Nations.
March 23, 2000 |
American Cinematheque's "The Best of Slamdance 2000" continues tonight at 7:15 at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theater at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., with Veit Helmer's enchanting "Tuvalu." The nearly wordless fairy tale has an intricate sound design and imagery that recall the jaunty, absurdist works of Eastern European animation that suggest the universe is an antique machine in the process of falling apart.