Freedom Diving

Winner of the 2022-23 Third Coast/RHDF Competition Best Documentary: Bronze Award, selected by Final Round Judges Jimmy Gutierrez, Rachel Matlow, Melissa Mbugua, Priska Neely, and Mike Williams.


Somewhere in the pandemic and the terrible news cycle, co-host Kia Miakka Natisse got stuck in a butt divet in her couch and an even deeper funk. To break out, she sets out on a journey to the bottom of the ocean, looking for an answer to a single, existential question: can I be safe and free? On her hunt for wisdom, she journeys to Cape Town, South Africa, to dive into the ocean with freediver and self-proclaimed mermaid, Zandile Ndhlovu.

This work was originally featured in the 2022-23 Third Coast Competition Showcase, a new way of celebrating Award-Winners, Finalists & Judges.

Full Credits

Kia Miakka Natisse (Writer & Reporter), Phoebe Wang (Producer & Sound Designer), Ariana Gharib Lee (Producer), Neena Pathak (Supervising Editor), Liana Simstrom (Supervising Producer), James Willetts (Mastering), Katie Daugert, Ayda Pourasad (Fact Checkers)

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Kia Miakka Natisse

Kia Miakka Natisse (KEY-uh ME-yah-kah Nuh-teese) (She/her) is an artist, journalist, storyteller and mystic.

Phoebe Wang

Phoebe Wang (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist and works primarily in sound, sculpture, and installation.

Neena Pathak

Neena Pathak (@neenpathak) is an audio producer at The New York Times, where she currently produces The Daily, and previously produced Still Processing.

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