Muro-Ami (Reef Hunters) is a 1999 Filipino drama and adventure film that depicts one of the worst forms of child labor in the illegal fishing system. Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya, the film won all 13 nominations during the 1999 Metro Manila Film Festival. It won most major awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, with the exception of Best Actor.
Muro-Ami Movie Plot
The film follows the story of Fredo, a ruthless captain of 150 Muro-Ami divers, who employ illegal fishing practices, such as pounding and crushing corals to scare fish, driving them towards the nets. With a high quota to meet, Fredo forces the divers, who consist mostly of children, to accomplish at least eight dives a day to meet their goal before the millennium.
Tired and harassed after the burdensome task being given to them, the children have to make do in subhuman conditions in the Muro Ami boat, The Aurora. They sleep in rat-infested bunks and are fed only twice a day. Life above the water in the boat is much worse than the suffering the children encounter beneath the sea. For every dive, a child’s life is perilously in danger.
Muro-Ami Movie Cast
Cesar Montano, Pen Medina, Jhong Hilario, Amy Austria, Rebecca Lusterio, Jerome Sales, Teodoro Penaranda Jr., Walter Pacatang, Ranilo Boquil, Cris Vertido, Gigi Agustin, Erwin Sevilla, Policarpo Araula,