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MIPCOM Picks ’15: Jago – A Life Underwater

Jago tells the story of Rohani, an 80-year-old hunter who lives in a hut along the Sulawesi Sea in Southeast Asia, but who truly comes to life when diving deep and hunting underwater.
September 1, 2015

Partners: Underdog Films in association with Fantomline Pictures, Vistaar Productions & James Morgan Films; distributed by Blue Ant International
Length: 1 x 60 minutes, 4K and HD
Premiering: TBC
Rights available: All rights, worldwide

Much like HD before it, there are those who would say that 4K was created with nature and wildlife programming in mind, and this wonderfully shot program lends credence to that theory. Jago tells the story of Rohani, an 80-year-old hunter who lives in a hut along the Sulawesi Sea in Southeast Asia, but who truly comes to life when diving deep and hunting underwater. Combining breathtaking footage of Rohani’s underwater exploits in the present day with re-enactments, this film provides a portrait of the region’s “sea gypsies” – the Bajau – and a 400-year-old way of life.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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