Grand Teton Award Winner, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

An 80-year-old elder of the maritime Bajau people tells the tale of his life spear-fishing in the depths of the sea from the porch of his stilted bamboo hut, while preparing for one last hunting trip. Younger family members and friends stand in for him in dazzlingly cinematic reenactments of his underwater exploits that fuse cutting-edge technology – 4K cinematography, drones, CGI – with age-old storytelling.


Directed by James Reed and James Morgan. Produced by James Reed, Johnny Langenheim, and James McAleer. Introduction by Christie Quinn.

*This 2016 Festival selection complements the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Ocean Education and Outreach program. For more information on ocean science and your connection to the ocean, visit the Smithsonian Ocean Portal at


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Jago: A Life Underwater

2015 GB 48 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Documentary
Topic: Freshwater & Oceans, Indigenous Voices, Sustainable Living