Sun Come Up

Sun Come Up is an ACADEMY AWARD® nominated film that shows the human face of climate change. The film follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental refugees.

When climate change threatens their survival, the islanders face a painful decision. They must leave their ancestral land in search of a new place to call home. Sun Come Up follows a group of young islanders as they search for land and build relationships in war-torn Bougainville, 50 miles across the open ocean.

Sun Come Up screened in theaters across the U.S., including the IFC Center in New York and the Sundance Cinema in West Hollywood. It aired on HBO in 2011.

Screening licenses, DVDs and streaming options are available for purchase through New Day Films.

Production Company: Red Antelope Films
Director: Jennifer Redfearn
Producers: Tim Metzger & Jennifer Redfearn
Director of Photography: Tim Metzger
Editor: David Teague
Executive Producer: Abigail Disney
Composers: Shahzad Ali Ismaily & Qasim Naqvi
Sound Edit and Mix: Alex Noyes
Consulting Producer: Tracie Holder

Creative Concept
Project and Team Management

Academy Award Nomination, 2011
IDA, Pare Lorentz Award Nomination, 2010


“The debut doc captures a poignant historical transition as the Carteret Islanders search for a new home in the South Pacific, their tiny piece of paradise doomed to the rising oceans of climate change.”

Sheri Linden

LA Times

“The film opens up gnawing questions of belonging, identity, and planetary consequence.”

Ty Burr

The Boston Globe

“The strongest entry in the field is director Jennifer Redfearn’s quietly engrossing Sun Come Up.”

Tim Grierson

The Village Voice

“The locations are stunning, and director Jennifer Redfearn captures the moral complexity of the situation, as well as the incredible sadness of the islanders trying to protect their culture as their ancestral home slips into the sea.”

Robert W. Butler

The Kansas City Star

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