23 Jul 2012

4th Marshallese language feature film to premiere

5:09 am on 23 July 2012

The 4th Marshallese language feature film by a local filmmaker is to premiere in two months.

Jack Niedenthal who is also the liaison for the people of Bikini Atoll, will release the movie, titled The Sound of Crickets at Night, in September.

He says the movie is about the people of Bikini who were displaced in 1946 by US nuclear weapons tests and focusses on the tragedies of a family of exiles on Ejit Island.

"Family is such a huge, huge part of our lives out here. And I've watched families disintegrate. And all of our films that Suzanne Chutaro; she co-directs and co-produces with me, we make these family sort of films where everybody in the living room can sit around and watch them. There's no blood, there's no sex but there's a lot of human drama."

Jack Niedenthal says support and donations from volunteers and businesses in the community helped make the film possible.