Girl Under the Sea

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The Ama are women free divers who collect shellfish from the ocean bed. They dive without tanks, holding their breath for long periods of time. This method of sustainable fishing has been a fiercely guarded tradition among coastal communities for centuries. But in a modern and fast aging society, youth are leaving their hometowns in search of better education and livelihoods. The film follows three generations of Ama in one family, exposes the challenges of the trade, and highlights the sacrifices one young woman is making in her effort to keep the tradition alive.

Director Luis Patrón
Location Japan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Tradition / Family / Gender
Air Date (JST) Friday, February 27, 2015
Thursday, May 26, 2016 *rerun
Monday, August 8, 2016 *reru

About Director

Luis Patrón

Luis Patrón


Born in Mexico in 1972, Luis produces and directs documentaries and news reports for networks and organizations around the world. NHK, Al Jazeera, VPRO, the Wall Street Journal, and the United Nations, have all acquired his works. With a uniquely creative approach, Luis explores a variety of subjects in the fields of science, technology, nature, wildlife, culture, and contemporary Japan.


Girl Under the Sea, 2014
Black for life, 2011
Voices of the Chichinautzin, 2007

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