Ama Girls (film) People and Places featurette, released on July 9, 1958. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. A typical day in the life of a family of fisherfolk of Japan. The elder daughter is an Ama, or diving girl, who collects “Heaven Grass,” a variety of seaweed, as a crop. The girls’ training is studied as well as the teamwork and stamina needed to harvest this marine crop. Filmed in CinemaScope. 29 min. Academy Award winner. 16mm release as Japan Harvests the Sea.