Friday 7th, June – 11:50 a.m. – Studio 43

The last Paaling men (Les derniers hommes de Paaling)

A film by Clément Gargoullaud. Production: Les films Jack Fébus. France – 22 min. – 2012.

The Sulu Sea, known as Jolo, is one of those “black-listed” maritime areas. The advice is strict: don’t go there because of the instability… both political and climatic. It’s a hostile place that has driven the people who live there to engage in the craziest forms of fishing. The most spectacular amongst them is known as Paaling. It takes place in deep water and requires the participation of some fifty divers. Because of their agility and their docility children have long served the interests of such fishing, unique of its kind. Today it is considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world, although one that brings the highest returns to its practitioners, but at what cost? Drownings, diving accidents, environmental damage, what remains of this tradition today? Who are the last of the Paaling fishermen?