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Walking Under Water

NATIONAL
Premiere
Country
Poland/Malaysia
Year
2014
Runtime
77 min.
Director
Eliza Kubarska

Synopsis

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.

Born in 1978 at Lodz, Poland, Eliza Kubarska is a documentary filmmaker, artist and sculptor. She is also a climber, considered one of the few women in the world to open new routes. She is currently working on her last film, K2 Touching the Sky.