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Below the Wind (1994)1 hour documentary for ABC
The Sea Nomads of Indonesia - The most remarkable remaining seafaring peoples of the world inhabit the eastern islands of the Indonesian archipelago. Almost forgotten in the rapidly developing Indonesian nation, they struggle to make a living from harvesting the sea.
In Below the Wind, we sail with some of these fisherfolk as they migrate south to Rote and then daringly enter Australian waters, relying on little else but their ancestral knowledge of winds and currents to survive.
Below the Wind provides its audience with the knowledge to better understand the complexities of the relationship between Australia and Indonesia and the impact that international agreements in the setting of national borders have on the maritime traditions of the fishing peoples of the Indonesian archipelago.