sailing a sinking sea

Thailand/USA/Burma | 2015 | Olivia Wyatt | 65 minutes (subtitles)


When the 2004 tsunami ravaged Indonesia and several other Southeast Asian countries, one indigenous tribe foresaw the disaster happening ahead of time and sought higher ground for safety. Their intimate knowledge of the sea saved them. They are the Moken people, a seafaring tribe of Thailand and Burma and one of the smallest indigenous cultures to exist in Asia’s Southeast.

Olivia Wyatt’s lyrically constructed documentary Sailing A Sinking Sea is experimental in its approach and offers a deeply fascinating portrait of the Moken people whose entire makeup and beliefs are drawn from the power of the seas they inhabit. An Australian premiere, this ethnographic study of the Moken people has screened at SXSW and Hot Docs.