|2018||Katie Worth,Michelle Mizner|
Visit the project
“Stories about climate change are uniquely difficult, and so our team thought deeply about how people would connect with such an outsized, complicated issue. We challenged ourselves to innovate in order to break through, and to have the project be recognized for that is very meaningful.”
Michelle Mizner, Producer, on Pbs.org
The Marshall Islands, a low-lying island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is home to fifty thousand people. The seas are rising around the islands, and floods, once a rare occurrence, have become common. About half of the Marshal Islands’ residents are children under the age of 18. With record increases in global temperatures, the country is likely to become uninhabitable in their lifetimes.
The Last Generation is an interactive web documentary that tells the story of a country in peril — told by 9-year-old Izerman Yamaguchi-Kotton, 14-year-old Julia Rijino, and 12-year-old Wilmer Joel, who all live on the Marshall Islands. This immersive storytelling piece captures the hopes, fears, and resilience of these three children and the whole of the Marshall Islands.
Michelle Mizner and Katie Worth, of FRONTLINE, reported for more than a year on this project through a fellowship with The GroundTruth Project. The filmmaker and reporter sought out the intimate stories of children growing up in a nation grappling with the effects of a warming world — the rising seas, the major storms, the floods and droughts.