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Title Wawata topu : mermaids of Timor-Leste / Secretariat of the Pacific Community within the framework of SciCO Fish presents a film by David Palazón and Enrique Alonso ; photography by David Palazón, Nelson Turquel ; documentation and research Enrique Alonso ; interviews Enrique Alonso, Nelson Turquel ; translation English: Hector Hill, Enrique Alonso ; translation French: Adeline Mouraud, Aurélie Hamaide ; translation Italian: Giacomo Mencari, Giulia Secondini ; translation Portuguese: Elis Margarida, Márdio Viera, Graça Viegas, Valdo Brüheim ; translation Spanish: Beatriz Marciel, Enrique Alonso & Lola.

Published Timor-Leste incidentaldoc, 2013.


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Physical description 1 DVD (36 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches.
Credits Produced by Enrique Alonso, David Palazón ; production assistant Mario Gomes ; editing and post-production David Palazón ; graphic designer Fredrik Stürmer ; underwater filming: Nelson Turquel, Nuno da Silva, Beatriz Marciel, Enrique Alonso ; speargun camera: Mario Gomes ; music: popular songs from Ataúro.
Performers Divers and fishers interviewed (in order of appearance): Sara Tilman [and eight others] ; people of Adara (in order of appearance): Sara Tilman [and sixty-four others]
Summary Wawata topu (women divers) are four generations of fisherwomen striving to make a living in the coastal village of Adara, West Atauro, Timor-Leste. Their daily lives, their economic practices and their vital concerns, as well as the contradicting discourses and social barriers they face, are shown in this ethnographic portrait that makes visible their critical contribution to the household economies and the fishing community at large. Their underwater dancing takes place in a context of rapid social change, where the generalization of the formal education, the progressive consolidation of western moral values and the potential openness of more attractive livelihoods not linked to the sea, seem to be forging a social negotiation of the household economic strategies initiated by the oldest generation during the 60's.
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Notes With fundraising support from the European Union.
System notes System requirements for DVD: computer with a DVD drive.
Language notes Audio in Tetun and Rasua with subtitles in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Notes Official selection, Aperture Festival, Asia Pacific International Ethnographic Documentary, Melbourne, 2013.
American Online Film Awards, Spring Showcase 2014, official selection.
Other author Palazón, David, filmmaker, film producer, photographer.
Alonso, Enrique, filmmaker, film producer, director of photography, interviewer, translator.
Turquel, Nelson, director of photography, photographer, interviewer.
Hill, Hector, translator.
Mouraud, Adeline, translator.
Hamaide, Aurélie, translator.
Mencari, Giacomo, translator.
Secondini, Giulia, translator.
Margarida, Elis, translator.
Viera, Márdio, translator.
Viegas, Graça, translator.
Brüheim, Valdo, translator.
Marciel, Beatriz, director of photography, translator.
Lola, translator.
Gomes, Mario, film producer, director of photography.
Stürmer, Fredrik.
Silva, Nuno da, director of photography.
Tilman, Sara, interviewee.
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
European Union sponsoring body.
Subject Women fishers -- Timor-Leste.
Women divers -- Timor-Leste.
Timor-Leste -- Social life and customs.
Variant Title Mermaids of Timor-Leste