Ama Girls (1958) Poster

(1958)

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8/10
One in a series of shorts designed to show what other peoples and cultures are like.
Robert Reynolds15 March 2001
This short (winner of Documentary Short at the Academy awards for 1958) focused on a Japanese village and a fishing method used as a livlihood in Japan. Disney had a series of shorts focusing in on other places and cultures and this is one of the better ones. Most of them were less than thirty minutes long and were cinematically beautiful to watch. They run very sporadically, when they run at all, on the Disney Channel's Vault Disney. *sigh* Disney is sitting on a treasure trove! Recommended.
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10/10
A Visit To A Fishing Village In Japan
Ron Oliver23 August 2000
A Walt Disney PEOPLE AND PLACES short subject.

This short film takes us for a fascinating look at a day in the life of a Japanese fishing village. We see how the lives of everyone is concerned in some way with the sea and harvesting its bounty. Special focus is given to the AMA GIRLS, those healthy young maidens who dive up to 60 feet beneath the waves in search of choice sea weed to sell. Scenes of domestic life are also shown, as well as how the entire village works together to process the valuable sardine catch.

`This film is one in a series presenting interesting PEOPLE and the PLACES in which they live. All scenes are authentic and the stories are factual.' The narrator is Winston Hibler.
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