MESYM Crossover Documentary Series #18: Walking under Water

The MESYM Crossover Documentary Series is held every last Thursday of each month @ Loyar Burok. Everyone is invited to come watch the documentary, participate in the discussion, and meet like-minded people. Admission is free!

For our July event MESYM will partner together with the Polish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to feature a Polish film based and shot in Malaysia. We are screening Walking Under Water, an underwater documentary about the last days of the Borneo sea nomads told through the touching story of a young boy and tired fisherman and their unique bond with the ocean.

Deeply moving account of human struggle in the natural and spirit worlds, told with both harrowing immediacy and stunning visual poetry.
Los Angeles Film Festival Jury

Reminiscent of the classic documentaries of Robert Flaherty, WALKING UNDER WATER is an exquisite and lyrical experience
Hot Docs Jury

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Skype Q&A with the film director, Eliza Kubarska

After watching the film we will have a Skype Q&A with the director Eliza Kubarska. Eliza is an adventure filmmaker who met the Badjao, the Borneo Sea Nomads, and decided to make a film to share the story of these exceptional people with the rest of the world.

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Imagine the underwater world, where people who have gills instead of lungs live in harmony with nature. This world once existed…

Borneo. Somewhere on the edge of the Sulu and Celebes Seas lives a tribe of ocean nomads: the Badjao. They live like fish, spending most of their life in water. Their children learn to swim before they can walk, and adults have mastered the art of free diving to perfection. They can walk and hunt on the sea bed holding their breath for five minutes and their eyes are adapted to focus underwater. They are happy people in the beautiful underwater world.

This could be our story twenty years ago, but it is not any more.

Today, the Badjao are pushed to extinction by modern civilization. They have become strangers on their own waters with no IDs, no citizenship and no money. We call them illigal imigrantes .

Alexan, the last Badjao compressor diver from Mabul island and his 10 year-old student Sari set out to sea. While Alexan teaches Sari dangerous fishing techniques, he shares with him his wisdom and a lifetime experience as a Badjao. WALKING UNDER WATER is a story about the growing up of a little boy and his friendship with a tired fisherman, who wants to pass on his skills. Alexan cannot come to terms that the world as he knows it and that of his ancestors is over. Sari has to find his path in life in the changing world.

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