A post-colonial South Seas dream.
Nauru is a tiny South Sea island. Its surface was covered metres thick with phosphate, which was created from bird droppings. Because of this raw material, the island experienced a rollercoaster ride through capitalism: indigenous tribal structure, German colony, richest country in the world, state bankruptcy. Today, the phosphate has been mined, the island devastated, the population overweight and sick. A refugee camp is the biggest source of foreign currency.
Based on ethnological studies and illustrations, colonial reports, South Seas camps and current reportages, SHIT ISLAND explores the entanglement of European imperialism and the staging of South Seas exoticism. For the demise of the former "Pleasent Island" also destroys our projection of a paradisiacal "perfect world".