Try holding your breath for 5 minutes, catching a small fish with a home-made spear or swim 30 metres deep down into the ocean without any diving equipment. Impossible? Well, not for the Chao Lay people otherwise known as the Sea gypsies.
The west coast of Thailand, and remote islands in the Andaman Sea, are the home of the sea people or the Sea gypsies. This group of intriguing and reserved indigenous people have lived by the sea and depended upon it for at least 3,500 years, far beyond written records. One thing is certain, they possess hunting skills and an understanding of nature that is lost to our every day lives in the more modern societies.
Sea Gypsies (52) is the latest documentary produced by Profilm and will be released by spring 2014.