Articles: Marshallese Film, "Sound of Crickets at Night," Premieres Next Month
Ainikien Jidjid ilo Boñ (The Sound of Crickets at Night), the fourth Marshallese film from the creators of the Ña Noniep, Yokwe Bartowe and Lañinbwil's Gift, premieres at the Marshall Islands Resort in Majuro on September 7.
It has already gained international acclaim for its depiction of tribulations of a family of nuclear survivors from Bikini Atoll. "Our new feature-length Marshallese film will be the opening night film for the Moondance International Film Festival in New York City," wrote producer/director Jack Niedenthal in an email announcement yesterday.
The film will show at 7 PM on Friday, September 14 at the Tribeca Cinemas located at 54 Varick Street in Manhattan. The film won the "Moondance Atlantis Award" for Foreign Feature Films.
Ainikien Jidjid ilo Boñ is also an Official Selection for the Guam International Film Festival and is scheduled to be shown in Guam on Saturday, September 29. Last year's entry, Lañinbwil's Gift won "Best of Festival" in Guam.
Bikini's ancient traditions, the heart wrenching results of Marshall's nuclear legacy, and the frailties of today’s Marshallese society collide in this latest production from Microwave Film's team of Niedenthal and Suzanne Chutaro, who is co-producer and co-director.
The film "is the story of a family displaced as a result of nuclear testing on Bikini Atoll and now living in exile on Ejit Island on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. An elderly nuclear survivor from Bikini Atoll summons a mysterious ancient deity to help reunite his family," according to the film's website.
Filmmaker Peter Sutoris reviewing the film, said that this "meditation on loss and emotional deprivation represents the first attempt to articulate on the screen the pain the Marshallese have endured for generations and continue to endure in the 21st century."
Niedenthal, who has served as Liaison for the People of Bikini Atoll for over twenty-five years, not only wrote the screenplay and co-directed the film, but for the first time took a leading role in the latest film, acting as "The Stranger."
Most of the actors are from the Bikinian community residing in exile on Ejet Island of the Majuro Atoll.
The film, entirely shot on Bikini Atoll and Majuro, is in the Marshallese language with English subtitles.
- Yokwe Online, August 21, 2012
Showtimes in Majuro:Friday, September 7: (Private showing at 6pm for cast, families & friends) then 8pm and 10pm for public
Saturday Sept. 8, 2012: 4pm, 6pm, 8pm and 10pm
Sunday Sept. 9 2012: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm
Friday Sept. 14, 2012: 6pm, 8pm and 10pm
Saturday Sept. 15, 2012: 4pm, 6pm, 8pm and 10pm
Sunday Sept. 16 2012: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm
The website for the film - includes photos and music from the film