Generation after generation, the women of Jeju Island have survived by becoming Haenyos (women sea divers). Director Liz Chae spent months living with the chief of one of the last remaining Haenyo tribes. For 2,000 years, the Haenyos of Jeju have fought men, governments, and armies to protect their right to make a living from the sea. Now they want the tradition to stop. These are The Last Mermaids.
Length: 19 minutes
Language: Korean (Jeju Island Dialect)
USA, South Korea
Premiere: North American
Primary Cast: Gae Jung Kim, Bang Gil Ko, Daek Su Ko, Bok Yoel Lee, Bok Sun Kang, Hwa Kang Oh
Director: Liz Chae
Producer: Liz Chae
Co-Producer: Hwa Jeong Lee
Executive Producers: Kenneth K. Chae, Nam Im Yoon
Director of Photography: Dae In Kim
Underwater Cinematography: Gun Tae Kim
Music: Joel Douek
Associate Producer: Jesse Whitnall
Liz Chae (b. Kingston, Jamaica) is a writer/director committed to bringing stories of women and the Korean-American experience to the screen. After studying film in Paris, she worked in New York on independent films such as Hal Hartley's Henry Fool. Chae is earning her MFA in film directing at Columbia University.