WALKING UNDER WATERPoland, Germany, UK 2014
Documentary, Poland/Germany/UK 2014
Runtime: 43min. / 52min. / 77min.
Director: Eliza Kubarska
Production: Braidmade Films/Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH für ZDF/ARTE
Alexan, the last compressor diver on Mabul Island near Borneo, teaches 10-year-old Sari everything he knows, from dangerous fishing techniques and the temptations of the tourist economy to wisdom about the underwater world. Walking Under Water presents the Badjao tribe’s ancient traditions and collective experience as a magical narrative, spinning the urgent pressures and problems they face into a hybrid of fantasy, fiction and fact. The Badjao people once lived like fish, spending the majority of their time on the water, but with the encroachment of modern civilization that way of life has become nearly extinct. Breathtaking underwater photography emphasizes this loss and the drought of enchantment on dry land. While Alexan refuses to accept that the world of his ancestors is gone, Sari is torn between his longing to be a fisherman like his uncle and the tug of the new world in the form of a nearby resort.
Angie Driscoll, Hot Docs Catalogue
2014: Hot Docs, Planete Doc Review, Los Angeles FF, Traverse City, Lemesos IFF, Rio Film Festilval, Camden IFF, Zürich IFF, Reykjavik IFF, Vancouver IFF, DHFest Mexico, BFI London, Margaret Mead FF, DOK.Leipzig, Festival dei Popoli – International Documentary FF, Rio de Janeiro IFF
2015: Palm Springs IFF, DocPoint Helsinki, Spokane FF, Sedona FF, One World Prague, Salem FF, Greentopia Film, Pecheur du monde, Ecofalante Environmental FF, Millenium Ff, Sebastopol Documentary FF, Cinema Planeta, Sarasota FF, Visions Du Réel, Wildlife FF, DokuMa Hungary, Pelicam FF, Bled FF, FidMarseille, Pärnu FF, Green FF Argentina, Gran Paradiso FF, Green Screen, CineMigrante, Silk Road FF, Anûu-rû Aboro, Doc Lisbao, Jihlava IFF, Ecrans Documentaire, CPH:DOX
Special Jury Prize/Hot Docs, Honorable Mention/Planete Doc Review, Honorable Mention/LAFF, John Schlesinger Award/Palm Springs IFF, WWF Italia