2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Sailing A Sinking Sea

Saturday, March 14
6:00PM - 7:04PM

Violet Crown Cinema
434 West 2nd St

Sailing A Sinking Sea is a feature-length experimental documentary exploring the culture of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand. The Moken are seafaring people and one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia. Wholly reliant upon the sea, their entire belief system, education, and economic and physical development revolve around water. Sailing a Sinking Sea illuminates the Moken lifestyle through recorded traditional music, folklore and conversations with the Moken people. Through intimate and dynamic cinematography and audio recordings, Sailing a Sinking Sea weaves a visual and aural tapestry of Moken mythologies and present-day practices.

Section: Visions
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Language: Moken
Year: 2015
Runtime: 64min

Director: Olivia Wyatt

Executive Producer: Will Oldham

Producer: Olivia Wyatt, RYOT Films, Daniel 13 Productions

Cinematographer: Olivia Wyatt and Kevin Hayden

Editor: Olivia Wyatt, Eileen Kennedy, Tia Dunn, and Arshia Haq

Sound Designer: Cooper Crain & Olivia Wyatt

Music: Bitchin' Bajas

Additional Credits: Co-Executive Producer: Bryn Mooser, Co-Executive Producer: Jefferson Holt, Associate Executive Producer: Mark Lipson, Associate Producer: Kim Sherman, Associate Producer: Elisabeth Holm


Olivia Wyatt has directed, produced, and edited two feature-length documentaries released by Sublime Frequencies. Her work has premiered at Maysles Cinema, Tribeca 92Y, Anthology Film Archives, BAM, The Milano Film Festival, and The Barbican Museum. She has produced content for National Geographic, VICE, SPIN, Slate, and Magnum Photos.

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