Walking Under Water: Documentary Film Screening and Q&A
Film screening followed by q&a
Our friends at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council are hosting a free screening of Walking Under Water at the Stark Family Theatre at the USC School of the Cinematic Arts.
The film focuses on the Bajau people, often referred to as “Sea Gypsies”, from the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. For centuries they have lived a nomadic life on the ocean, feeding on fish from the reefs, and spending most of their lives on the water. Today, as filmmaker Eliza Kubarska shows, this traditional lifestyle is being encroached upon by the development of tourism and large scale industrial fishing, which results in the destruction of fish stocks on which the Bajau rely.
In this beautiful film, much of which was shot underwater, 10 year-old Sari is taught by his uncle Alexan how to dive for fish using just an air hose connected to a compressor on the surface – one of the most dangerous fishing techniques in the world. Alexan does not want to accept that the traditional life style of his ancestors is disappearing, and the young Sari is torn between wanting to follow his uncle’s example as a fisherman on the one hand, and at the same time being attracted to the modern world in a nearby tourist resort.
Q & A after the film with Dana Roeber Murray, Marine & Coastal Scientist
Dana works on marine and coastal resources projects for Heal the Bay, including Marine Protected Area (MPA) research and education, and advancing policy recommendations before agencies on issues such as coastal climate change adaptation, ocean wildlife conservation, industrial ocean intakes, fisheries management, and coastal land-use planning.