Our Atoll Speaks wins the Special Jury award for Best Short Documentary at the Guam International Film Festival

What an incredible honor!!!

Our Atoll Speaks wins the Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2020 Guam International Film Festival!!

Eternally grateful to the jury, the festival, the people of Guam my incredible film team and specially the Pukapukan people in Pukapuka and around the globe!! This is for you!! 

Beautiful Q&A during the 2020 International Ocean Film Festival!

Thank you to the wonderful 2020 International Ocean Film Festival team for a fantastic film festival experience; for your hard work shifting the festival from life to virtual due to the pandemic; for the many connections we have made during the two week- film event across the many oceans; for the surprising Coastal Culture Award received; and for the opportunity to share the making of Our Atoll Speaks with all of YOU during this beautiful Q&A – a treat of life – Nicquole Estersyou are a rock-star moderator!

To view the recorded Q&A sessio with all of us click below:


Our Atoll Speaks premieres at the International Ocean Film Festival !

Save the date !

After being postponed because of the COVID19 Pandemic back i Marc 2020, The International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) will take place virtually starting this Thursday July 30th through August 9th!

The beauty of a virtual edition is that you have total freedom to watch the film online when is best time for you anywhere in the world from July 30th through August 9th!

To see the wonderful lineup of films visit:


Our Atoll Speaks at CIES Education Beyond The Human Festivalette!


Our Atoll Speaks screens this week as part of the CIES 2020 Miami Education Beyond The Human Film Festivalette, initially scheduled in Miami for this week but now taking place online via ZOOM due to the COVID 19 Pandemia. Take a look at the beautiful trailer. An world-wide event/ educational conference/ festival funded by the Open Society Foundations Education Support Program dedicated all for educators! Thank you Jorge Baxter and CIES team so much for having us!!

Our Atoll Speaks Zoom screening and Q&A via Zoom :



Thursday, March 26th in the US Times:

12 to 1pm – New York / EST

9 to 10am- California / PST

7 to 8am -Hawaii/ Cook Islands Time

5 to 6 pm- Spain Time

5 to 6AM – March 27th in New Zealand

Festival/ conference program:https://cies2020.org/cies-2020-education-film-festivalette/

Spanish Premiere of Our Atoll Speaks at SECIME!

In March 2020, Our Atoll Speaks premiered in Spain at SECIME, the Medina Film Festival. The short documentary screened twice as part of the Official Short Film Spanish Competition and also the Filmmakers of Castilla y León
En Marzo Nuestra Isla Habla se estrenó en España en la SECIME – Semana de Cine de Medina del Campo, dentro de la Sección Oficial de Cortometrajes Nacionales y también de Cineastas de Castilla y León. Aquí compartimos en fotos algunos de los momentos!

Gemma attended the opening of the SECIME Festival on March 6th, 2020 in Spain!
Gemma with Family during the opening of SECIME!
Gemma and her mom at opening of SECIME in her hometown Medina del Campo, Spain!
Gemma Presenting Nuestra Isla Habla/ Our Atoll Speaks during Spanish premiere!
More pics of premiere on March 8th – International Women’s Day!
Film premiered at SECIME both the Official Competition and the Filmmakers of Castilla y León Section!
Audience enjoying premiere during second screening of film on March 10th!
Gemma with Noelia Romo, journalist and presenter of SECIME!
Gemma entering greeting Emiliano Allende, Director of the SECIME !
Gemma celebrating premiere with family!