Setting the Stage
Introduce the film by telling students they will be watching a film about a very small, three-acre island off the coast of Colombia in South America. Tell students that on this unique island, residents report a strong sense of community with no violence, crime, or police. But Santa Cruz del Islote is changing. Island life has revolved around fishing ever since fishermen discovered and developed the island in the 19th century. But in the last decade, fishing stocks have been dwindling, putting an end to this traditional way of life. Other resources—employment and education opportunities, for example—are drawing residents off-island.
Ask students to consider their own towns, cities, and communities. What do they like or dislike about where they live? What are some benefits and challenges to the location of their communities? Benefits can include support from family and friends or access to natural, cultural, or urban environments. Challenges could include a lack of access to schools, jobs, or nature. Ask students to consider the future. What factors might inform their decision to stay or leave their current community? If they did leave, what would they miss most?