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Sea Gypsies| 5mins
Director: Elena Zervopoulou | Producer: Elena Zervopoulou
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: South Africa
Subject Tags: asia, food, indigenous rights, livelihood, malaysia, water
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
MALAYSIA: what if you were forced to leave your home? On the idyllic coral island in eastern Malaysia, increasingly tight fishing restrictions are making it difficult for the locals to survive. Eventually, they must make a choice for their survival. Life was once simple for the people on the island, but now the fishing restrictions make it hard to find food. Determined Indanina fantasises about life beyond this. She must make a choice - stay and risk starving, or leave for the city. And in reality, there is only one option. When they go, however, life in the city is not as she expected. The film explores the relationship between money and choice - Indanina and her family have little wealth, and are helpless against those who do. With more and more tourists seeking out remote places to visit, is there a danger they're ruining the very idylls they are searching for?
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