Andrew Williamson's THE LAND OF EB shows us a compassionate portrait of the Marshallese diaspora in Kona, Hawaii from the point of view of a hard-working family man. At a routine check-up, 56-year-old Marshallese immigrant Jacob (Jonithen Jackson) is diagnosed with a possible abdominal tumour, pending further testing. Not wanting to put his family through the ordeal of seeing him undergo arduous rounds of chemotherapy, Jacob refuses to seek out further treatment and keeps his illness a secret. Instead, he resolves to use the little time he has left to secure his family's future.
With a cast of non-professional actors recruited from the Marshallese community in Kona, THE LAND OF EB explores the frustrating, day-to-day difficulties of living in a world that doesn't share your native tongue, culture or values. Though Jacob is clearly an intelligent man, he continually suffers indignities due to the considerable language barrier. But when he records his family's history for posterity on one of his video cameras, he speaks eloquently in Marshallese of the mother country they can never go back to, and the dashed dreams of their new home — one that has never welcomed them with open arms.
Synopsis written by: TIFF