A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
Ama refers to female divers in Japan who forage the ocean floor for shellfish, holding their breath during plunges that last as long as two minutes. The six women in this film comment on the camaraderie that is born from shared risk on—and under—the sea. These women are strong, thoughtful, and committed to each other and their work. They also have an eye for the long-term health of the ocean, and are alarmed as they find less and less abalones during their dives today. They recognize responsibility in this scarcity, noting how many divers are disruptive to the sea life they come in contact with. Perhaps there is another way? The world needs more thoughtful and questioning women like this, who are keen to engage with the ocean, but also keen to keep it safe from human harm.
Produced by Amie Williams
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