The Hard Truth: New Documentary Cinema
dir. Cláudia Varejão
In a small fishing village on Japan’s Shima peninsula, three women maintain an ancient tradition of diving for pearls, urchins, and abalone, without any modern gear or protection.

This ravishing film follows the everyday lives of three “sea women” who, for more than three decades, have dived together. Shot between the silent, underwater world and rural life on land, this is a unique, beautiful portrait of a disappearing tradition. (2016, 112 min, digital)

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Credits

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA programs are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation.

Additional funding for YBCA programs: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Lead Image: Cláudia Varejão, Ama-san (2016); Courtesy Mira Film.

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