The Weather Diaries is a feature documentary made by a mother concerned about the future for her daughter: a musician emerging in the shadow of the twin threats of climate change and mass extinction.
Filmed over 6 years, the documentary reaches its climax in 2020, as temperatures rise, bushfires rage, and the flying foxes that usually soar over Sydney die in record numbers. Ruminating on our failure to understand the effects of climate change and the implications for the future generation, The Weather Diaries is a story both personal and political.
This film is preceded by short film Our Atoll Speaks, Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua
The communal film poem meditates on the environmental knowledge of the people of Pukapuka/Nassau, an atoll in the Northern Group of the Cook Islands. As climate changes poses the biggest threat to our oceans, islands, diversity, Indigenous knowledge and conservation practices developed over thousands of years have something to teach us.
Director: Gemma Cubero del Barrio / Writers: Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Amelia Rachel Hokule’a Borofsky, Florence Ngatokorua ““Johnny”” Tiane Frisbie / Producer: Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Amelia Rachel Hokule’a Borofsky / United States / 2019 / 12 mins