During the spring and sumer 2012 I was working on the editing and motion graphics of "Sandgrains", a documentary produced by Matchboxmedia Collective.
The documentary follows José Fortes, that after a long absence, returns home to Cape Verde to find his community transformed. The fish that have provided income and food for generations are disappearing from the sea, and people are being forced to sell the sand from their beaches just to survive. The reasons for this are all around the archipelago: European vessels returning home with fish from Cape Verdean waters.
It is a crowdfunded documentary produced under a creative commons license. The project draws on support, talent and expertise through interactive web technology and social networks. It uses crowd-funding and crowd-sourcing as its production strategy and reaches out to a global audience that performs a vital role in driving the project.
This documentary is not only a trying to help rise awareness over the situation in Cape Verde, but also trying to save our seas from an inminet death, if we just keep on fishing disregardful of the consequences. The Sand Grains team is currently in discussion with international NGO's and members of the European Parliament, working towards confronting and challenging this issue and since the start aimed at enabling a global grassroots effort. This documentary aims to see a change in how Europe fishes abroad, and to reach out to a wider audience that can work together towards making this happen. In 2012 the Common Fisheries Policy will be reformed for the first time in a decade and a positive outcome will also benefit Cape Verde.