Upper West Side
79th Street and Central Park West, New York, NY, 10024-5192
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Rooftop Films co-presents this special screening inside the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, under the Blue Whale! Delve into the lives and culture of the Moken, a Southeast Asian ethnic group that relies on the ocean for every aspect of life.
Sailing a Sinking Sea (Olivia Wyatt | Myanmar, Thailand, Moken | 64 min.)
SAILING A SINKING SEA is an experimental documentary that delves into the lives and culture of the seafaring Moken, an ethnic group living on the Andaman Sea in Southeast Asia. As one of the smallest ethnic groups in Asia, the Moken have developed a unique society that relies on the ocean for every aspect of life; their belief system, education, and economic and social practices are all rooted in their relationship with water. Director Olivia Wyatt’s lyrical film documents Moken communities through breathtaking underwater footage, conversations about daily lives, and a swirl of traditional Moken music. Though technology and globalization encroach, the film’s main event is a celebration of a rich and remarkable place and culture.