The Badjao are sea nomads living near Borneo. For centuries, they lived on the sea and from the sea. But the fishing industry and diving resorts make it difficult for them to survive. With his uncle Alexan, young Sari goes on his first fishing trip, an initiation into the adult world.
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Overall, Walking Under Water provides a highly sensory experience and a strong cultural message to boot. The music and underwater scenes are galvanizing while the films commentary on lost traditions is rather sincere and valuable.