Wawata Topu

  • 8.8 10
  • 2013
  • 32min

Wawata Topu (Women Divers in Rasua dialect) is an award winning documentary about four generations of fisherwomen striving to make a living in the coastal village of Adara, West Ataúro in Timor-Leste.

"Best Foreign Documentary" American Online Film Awards/ "Le Prix Spécial Chandrika Sharma" Festival International De Films Pecheurs Du Monde 
Marsalu International Film Festival, Étonnants Voyageurs, FIFEQ, FACA, ST Kilda Film Festival, Aperture Festival, Intimate Lens Festival, InstiDoc, Pasifika Film Fest, FIFO, NAFA

Wawata Topu, the mermaids of Timor-Leste 

For over four generations, the women of Adara gradually began to be part of the fishing tradition of their small coastal town of Timor-Leste. With a harpoon and a net in hand they search for the fish that can be taken to land and be sold in a nearby market in order to obtain the resources with which they can continue with their modest life. 

Spanish director David Palazón moves in the middle of this symbiosis between land and water in an respectful and inquiring ethnographic approach. In this way he captures beautiful underwater footage and rustic images on brown earth to film the daily life of the people of Adara, who in their own voice explain their cultural tradition and reveal their deepest aspirations.

David Palazon
David Palazon Director

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