2019 Digital Storytelling Contest, Interactive, Outstanding Multimedia Narrative

The Last Generation


FRONTLINE/The GroundTruth Project

What is it like to grow up in a country that is disappearing? This question lies at the heart of The Last Generation, a cinematic, seamlessly interactive story that brings audiences into the lives of three children who face losing not just their homes but their entire nation to rising seas. The Marshall Islands is a chain of low-lying coral uplifts halfway between Hawaii and Australia that is home to more than 50,000 people, with nearly half of them under the age of eighteen. Scientists predict that if the global temperature rise is not contained, the islands could become uninhabitable within the lifetime of the children living there today. Through intimate moments and compelling stories, the film’s young protagonists—9-year-old Izerman, 14-year-old Julia and 12-year-old Wilmer—draw us into the importance and urgency of what is at stake.

Production team


    Writer/producer: Michelle Mizner

    Writer/producer:  Katie Worth

    Executive producer: Raney Aronson-Rath

    Managing editor: Andrew Metz

    Director of digital video: Carla Borras

    Senior digital designer: Dan Nolan

    Developer: Ly Chheng

    Interactive editor: Chris Amico

    Digital editor: Jason Breslow

    Story editor: Lauren Ezell

    Series associate producer: Amy Gaines



    Executive producer: Charles M. Sennott

    Executive producer: Beth Murphy

    Senior editor: Marissa Miley

    Digital editor: Rachel Rohr

    Digital editor: Qainat Khan