Waterway and Maritime Transportation

MFF 2015: 'Sailing a Sinking Sea'

MFF 2015: 'Sailing a Sinking Sea'

When you hear “nomad,” you probably think about tribes living on horseback, or maybe migrating via camel or wagon. You probably don’t imagine a people who more or less live on boats. But the Moken sail around the coasts of Thailand and Burma in canoes and motorized launches, basing not only their livelihoods on the ocean, but also their identity, their myths, their very understanding of the universe. Olivia Wyatt’s hourlong documentary captures a rich, but limited, view into their world.

Wyatt’s film opens with gorgeous images of the sea and Moken fishermen dipping beneath its waves while a voice-over relates a creation story. Wyatt utilizes this...