In the middle of the Pacific Ocean – practically equidistant to North America, Asia and Australia – lies a tiny unincorporated territory belonging to the United States called Midway. The island’s location made it the site of one of the greatest naval battles of all time – the Battle of Midway.
Before the U.S. navy set up station, this island served for centuries as a breeding ground for hundreds of species of seabird – most notably the Albatross. Throughout literature, the Albatross act as messengers of fate and symbols of salvation. Often their message is a warning and that warning is sounding again today.
Sixty-five years since the great WWII battle between the U.S. and Japan, there is another battle taking place. Midway lies at the center of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The seabirds’ feeding ground is teeming with plastic waste, washed up from distant continents. Unknowingly, the Albatross feed their chicks our refuse. The very waters that sustain them now threaten their lives.
Through stunning imagery and spare and poetic narration, the voice of the island tells its epic story of survival. Both elegy and warning, the film explores the interconnectedness of species, with the albatross on Midway as mirror of our humanity. This is their story and ours, an awe-inspiring tale of how life and love endure despite incredible odds.