This documentary profiles residents of the Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana, as they confront a future threatened by sinking shorelines and rising seas. Poignant!

This movie exposes experiences and memories. The love and concern these inhabitants show for their home is all the more heart-breaking because it all may soon disappear.

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Isle de Jean-Charles is crunched by the rising sea and coastal erosion. It is literally disappearing and everybody ignores it!

Although it’s only 80 miles from New Orleans, the Isle de Jean Charles feels much farther away. It’s literally at the end of the road, connected to the mainland by a little two-lane strip of asphalt with water lapping at its edges.

Families have lived there for generations, making their livings on the surrounding waters. Time moves more slowly there, and a person’s sense of home, family and community is deep-rooted. The islanders share a profound love for their home and don’t want to leave – something many of us can relate to.

Vanishing Island from The New York Times – Video on Vimeo.

The island is a ground zero for climate change – affected by rising sea levels, coastal erosion, and increasingly severe storms. Experts predict that these problems will soon confront coastal areas around the world.

This documentary explores the following question: What is it like to experience these changes, knowing there is little to nothing you can do to stop them?

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