By The Water
Category: 2019 | Short Documentaries/TV Documentaries (2019)
The fishing village of Baguran Jalpai, in the north-east of India, is one of the coastal villages that are now fighting for their very existence. Here, Sid he meets villagers who are struggling to survive from the livelihoods they have known for thousands of years and he discovers the new and exploding industry of shrimp farming. We follow Sid as he investigates the pros and cons of shrimp farming, and how the new legislation will affect this community with broader implications to the rest of the Indian coastline.
March 1, 2019
North American Premiere
Kaelyn Maehara is a California-born filmmaker and photographer. She has a bachelors degree in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has just completed her masters in Documentary Production at the University of the West of England. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of visual media to change hearts and minds and strives to tell impactful stories around environmental and human issues.
Apart from making her own films on various topics, she has also served on the media teams aboard Sea Shepherd Global ships. On her first campaign, while filming the TV show, Whale Wars, her team brought the world footage of the first slaughtered minke whale on the deck of the Nisshin Maru since the Japanese whaling fleet was found guilty of illegally whaling in the Southern Ocean in 2014. This footage was proof that the Japanese government was still whaling illegally in Antarctic protected waters and eventually reached over 1 billion people world wide.
Following that campaign, she crewed on another Sea Shepherd ship in the Sea of Cortez, trying to prevent the extinction of the Vaquita porpoise by tracking and retrieving illegal gill nets out of the protected waters.
During her masters program, she started focusing on human stories around gentrification, art, sustainability and biodiversity in cities. For her final film, she completed a documentary on a traditional fishing village in India fighting displacement from industry and an unfair law proposal.
You’ll most likely find Kaelyn outdoors- diving, hiking, skiing, sailing and exploring the natural world around her.