Haenyeo

Dive into the amazing world of the Jeju Haenyeo, female divers off the coast of South Korea, in virtual reality. ​

Synopsis

Experience the incredible world of the Jeju Haenyeo in VR. Take in the elements from the Haenyeo perspective, and dive with them as they harvest the sea. Listen to the youngest Haenyeo as she describes her work, community, and identity as one of Korea's amazing Sea Women, a culture battling to define its place in modern Korea.

Added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage List in 2016, the female divers on Jeju Island, known as the Jeju Haenyeo, are women who dive for shellfish without the aid of oxygen. The Haenyeo made up of an aging class of women, some as old as 80, spend hours diving in harsh conditions in a tradition that dates back centuries.

Status: Post-Production 

Budget: $40,000

Jaehee Cho Jaehee Cho
Director

Jaehee Cho, a film school graduate from Seoul Institute of the Arts, worked in music video production before coming to Carnegie Mellon University for graduate school. While in his graduate studies... more»

Sarabeth Boak Sarabeth Boak
Producer

Sarabeth Boak is a NYC native with business planning experience in the fashion industry for Bloomingdale’s Department Stores. During her graduate program at Carnegie Mellon University’s... more»

Jack Tsai Jack Tsai
Developer

Jack Tsai worked as a developer in Taipei for 5 years, on R&D projects, animation, and mobile development. After earning a Master’s Degree from National Taiwan University in CS and working... more»

Kyungkuk Kim Kyungkuk Kim
Artist

Kuk worked as a 3D artist for studios in Seoul, South Korea before coming to the U.S. to attend graduate school at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. After graduating in 2018,... more»

Ralph Vituccio Ralph Vituccio

Ralph Vituccio is a documentary filmmaker and professor of interactive storytelling and film production at Carnegie Mellon University. His film Ship Breakers (2014) is an award-winning piece... more»

Na-Yeon Kim
Artist

Na-Yeon is a recent graduate from Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center. She is an artist specializing in 2D art and has worked on a number of projects including educational games,... more»