AMA-SAN

Category: documentary
Director: Claudia Varejao
Producer: João Matos
Country: Portugal, Switzerland, Japan
Year: 2016
Length: 112'
Production Status: completed

Summary

For centuries, the ama (literally 'women of the sea') of the Shima Peninsula have been diving for seafood. Portuguese director Cláudia Varejão's lyrical film captures three generations of divers (with an average age of 67) as they head into the Pacific, folding their traditional headdresses and adjusting their goggles. As the women plunge beneath the ocean, silence surrounds them and time slows - a fitting analogy for this enduring but endangered tradition. This spellbinding film is awash in hypnotic visuals and reflects on past and future, while questioning common concepts of femininity.

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