Director: Keith Malloy
Info: Australia, Hawai’i, Tahiti, California, , 2017, 48min
To some, the ocean is a fearsome and dangerous place. But to others, it’s a limitless world of fun, freedom and opportunity where life can be lived to the full. A new documentary presented by Patagonia and directed by Keith Malloy, FISHPEOPLE tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. From surfers and spearfishers to a former coal miner and a group of at-risk kids in San Francisco, it’s a film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean—and how we can leave our limitations behind to find deeper meaning in the saltwater wilderness that lies just beyond the shore.
Scarlet’s Tale – SA Premiere
Director: Faine Loubser
Info: 15 min
Achmat, had high hopes. He had a budding sports career with dreams of representing South Africa, but this all changed on August the 13th 2006 when he had his first meeting with Scarlet. During a routine lifesaving practice a 4.7m great white shark was on a collision course with Achmat’s younger brother, Taariq. Achmat, who saw this, frantically tried to draw the attention of the shark. It worked. But he had
become the target. The shark grabbed his leg and started pulling him down, dragging him further and further away from any form of help and hope. Little did Achmat know, that this meeting with a 4.7m female shark named Scarlet would be the beginning of an 11-year bond.
Masa – SA Premiere
Director: Dominic de Salis.
Info: 4 min
A short film based on the personal journey of Byron Bay based Japanese shaper Masami Yaguchi. It follows the narrative of Masa who became infatuated with a culture in a time and place where surfing was seen as uncouth, and explores what drove him to move to a foreign country with an alien culture in pursuit of his passion.
Director: Anders Melchior
More and more young Chinese pursue their own dreams and seek a higher degree personal freedom. Their mindset stands in stark contrast to the Chinese society’s cherishing of permanent jobs and predictable futures. Awen’s mom wants him to become a fisherman like his ancestors. Awen, on the other hand, just wants to surf.