America First - Maldives Second

In this underwater satire the authors are campaigning for second place for the Maldives following Trump’s battle cry “America First”.

“The Maldives have the biggest shark with – literally - the biggest pussy in the world”,

is just one of the slightly unusual sales-points, making this underwater film different than one might be accustomed to. Immigration, environmental issues as well as military prowess are a few of the themes being put into satirical perspective whilst feasting one’s eyes on the spectacular beauty of the Maldives’ underwater world.

  • Silke de Vos
  • Peter de Vos
  • Silke de Vos
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Underwater, Satire
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 29, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 1080p HD 25fps
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Berlin Short Film Festival
    July 1, 2017
  • Atlanta Docufest
    United States
    September 13, 2018
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Silke de Vos
    Country: Germany
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Silke de Vos

Silke de Vos is a German independent filmmaker and works as cinematographer, director, producer and editor for her own company Silky Fox Productions.

Silke is a PADI dive Instructor, specializing in underwater videography and spent thousands of hours under water and in the editing room, producing numerous underwater videos that won several international awards.

In 2013 Silke graduated with top marks at IAFT, the reputed film academy in Cebu, Philippines and thereafter mainly focused on documentaries revolving around the issues environment and culture as well as commercial productions; but underwater videography still plays a large role in her life.

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Director Statement

My work is driven by my strong interest in culture and nature, not only as a filmmaker, but also as a conservationist and development worker. As a filmmaker I aim to contribute to bring awareness to the importance of preserving our natural world.