Rapa das bestas + Ama-San

Rapa das bestas + Ama-San

Screening of the films Rapa das bestas by Jaione Camborda and Ama-San by Cláudia Varejão within the framework of the carte blanche to the documentary film festival Play-Doc. 

Rapa das bestas 

Jaione Camborda, Spain, 2017, 10', OV with Spanish subtitles, DCP 

La rapa (shearing) consists of having the “bestas’” (beasts) manes cut. Tradition and spectacle. Body to body. Man and animal. Observation of that struggle. Wild horses.


Cláudia Varejão, Portugal, 2016, 112', OV with Spanish subtitles, DCP 

The Ama-San, literally "Women of the Sea", are part of a thousand-year-old Japanese tradition which is about to disappear. Fisherwomen and divers of the Shima peninsula work daily in the sea without oxygen bottles, with only the force and impulse of their lungs and bodies. The film follows the daily lives of three women between 50 and 85, who have been diving and fishing in the Pacific for thirty years. These women occupy a special place in Japanese culture. Tradition says they are collectors and guardians. But, as well as being revered, they are also misunderstood, since their work questions the traditional role of women in Eastern society.