Tucked away in the Pacific Ocean is the island of Nauru, discovered by European whalers and called "Pleasant Island".
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Tucked away in the Pacific Ocean is the island of Nauru, discovered by European whalers and called "Pleasant Island". Although it is one of the smallest nations in the world due to its size, the island has a long and eventful history. Nauru is often read as a parable of the present day. The island still feels the effects of colonization, emigration and ecological disasters. Enormous posphate deposits, which are particularly valuable for the production of fertilizers, made Nauru the richest nation in the world. By mining this resource, the island was completely destroyed. Today, Nauru is one of the poorest countries in the world and generates its revenues as a refugee reception centre for the Australian government. Not only that, Nauru threatens to be swallowed up by the ocean due to rising sea levels.
In order to avoid negative headlines, scientists and journalists are kept away from the island with camera teams. The Belgian duo Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere received a special permit for their trip. With their research, they tried in a post-apocalyptic setting to transfer the extent of the destruction of this island to the entire planet. Interviews with locals and refugees as well as film recordings were recorded with their smartphones. With these, they navigate the audience through the stage action.
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