Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Paradise Domain

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Pacific islanders are not benefiting from digital windfall or World Wide Web.

City Life - Paradise Domain

What's in a name? To a tiny nation in the South Pacific, plenty. The country is Tuvalu, and thanks to the Internet domain name registry, Tuvalu looked as if it might be about to hit pay dirt.

Tuvalu is a string of coral rocks in the South Pacific: nine low-lying islands that make up one of the world's smallest, most isolated countries. Largely unknown to tourists, Tuvalu and its 9,000 people suffer from underdevelopment and a lack of jobs. It is a country so poor that four out of five fishermen are lost every year because they can not afford compasses for their boats. Other than fishing, people get by harvesting coconuts -- pretty much the only thing the soil will grow.

But Tuvalu had one valuable asset: its coveted domain name -- dot tv. In 1999, the prime minister determined to capitalize on this by selling the name to an American dot.com company -- in exchange for several million dollars and access to the new wired-up world. But who's benefiting most? -- the Tuvalu islanders themselves, used to a relaxed, Pacific way of life with few modern conveniences, or the US corporation?

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Main credits

De Haas, Joost (film director)
De Haas, Joost (film producer)
Hartman, Julius (editor of moving image work)
Kyriacou, Sotira (editor of moving image work)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Bradshaw, Steve (narrator)

Other credits

Editors, Julius Hartman, Sotira Kyriacou; series editor, Jenny Richards; series producer, Luke Gawin.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Joost de Haas

Television Trust for the Environment
Joost de Haas
Directed and produced by Joost de Haas
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

International Relations and Geopolitics
Pacific, The
Business, Labor and Economics
Economic Anthropology

Distributor subjects

Developing World
Global Issues
International Studies
Pacific Studies
Science, Technology, Society


Tuvalu, dot.com, South Pacific, dot tv, poverty, coconuts; "Paradise Domain"; Bullfrog Films

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