A Natureza e o Homem: Cabo Verde, S. Tomé, Moçambique (19??)

Nature and Man: Cape Verde, S. Tomé, Mozambique

165 min


Realização:  ·  João Ponces de Carvalho

Argumento:  ·  João Ponces de Carvalho

A crossroad of cultures: Sto Antão, S. Vicente, St Luzia, S. Nicolau, Sal, Boavista, Maio, Santiago, Fogo, and Brava, Ten Islands in the Atlantic around 400 miles from the coast of Senegal.The Geographic situation of the Cape Verde Islands determines their characteristics: They are between Africa and America and were used as a crossroad, stop harbour or port of call.Colonized by Portugal after 1462, they were first used as furnishing points for the ships going to India, and after as a stop between Africa and the Americas in the Slave trade.Most of the population of the isles are runaway or free slaves that mingled with the few Portuguese settlers and traders.The Ocean, always present in the horizon of Cape Verde was the subject for this film made in three Islands: Santiago, Fogo and Sal.The tropical Atlantic Ocean that encircles the Islands of Cape Verde has the same characteristics as the waters around the American coast of Florida, the Bahamas or the exotic isles of Caribe. Their fauna and flora are very much alike, and in particular one can find the same species of fish.

Not far from the coast of Africa, where north and south join, lie the unsupectingly enchanting islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. Renaissance Europe was introduced to the island through the Portuguese sailors, who in 1471 were exploring the Gulf of Guinea, formerly called the Coast of the Slaves.
But had the islands already been visited by native Africans, coming perhaps from the banks of Cabinda ... travelling on logs that swayed to shore aided by the calm currents?
What hides beyond the gorgeous vegetation, thriving upon the ashes of the ancient volcano?

The Mozambican coastline, generally planate, stretches for thousands of kilometers along the Indian Ocean. Along some of the flatter regions, such as Pemba (the ancient Port Amelia) or the Mozambique Island, a coral barrier, composed of fauna and flora typical of that region, has formed.
Just as in the other films belonging to this documental series, the Ocean is the central theme. Mozambique, however, unveils an interesting amalgam of cultures and traditions, as varies as the African, the Arabic, the Indian, and more recently, the Portuguese. Both anthropologically and architecturally, Mozambique displays a culmination of this diversity.

(Source: RTC)


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