George “Siosi” Samuels is a film-maker and creative entrepreneur, specializing in Cultural Animation. He was voted one of Australia’s 50 “Young Extraordinary” entrepreneurs for 2012; featured at Melbourne’s Viva Victoria Festival; and was recently interviewed by Adobe about his project Tales From Nanumea, an animated series to help preserve the myths and legends of a sinking nation, Tuvalu.
Tales From Nanumea addresses three key problems facing Tuvaluans: dying oral traditions; loss of land due to rising ocean levels; and a disengaged youth. The project addresses each of these by: collaborating with community Elders before a project; raising awareness of global warming during public screenings or promotions; and using animation to re-engage dialogue between the Youth and Elders. The project is both unique and touching, using animation to preserve an oral tradition and an island in danger of extinction. Check out the video below and our interview with George and then you can visit the project’s Pozible Campaign website and show your support.