- Environment, Nature, Natural History, and Cultural History
On Colombia’s Pacific Coast, a mother teaches her daughter, Dulce, how to swim. It is an essential skill in this remote region, where livelihoods are made on the sea and where rising tides, made worse by climate change, have swept entire villages away in recent years. Overcoming her fear of the water is just one element of Dulce’s budding awareness of her natural and cultural surroundings.
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On Colombia’s Pacific Coast, a mother teaches her daughter how to swim. It is an essential skill in this remote region, where livelihoods are made on the sea and where rising tides, made worse by climate change, have swept entire villages away in recent years. The girl, named Dulce, learns to overcome her fears and join the community of women who harvest the mangrove cockle, or piangua, for a living. It is a coming-of-age process that helps her understand both her cultural and natural surroundings, from the mud of the mangrove swamps to the powerful tides.
Afro-Colombian residents of the Iscuandé River delta have depended for generations on fishing and mollusk harvesting, specifically the mangrove cockle, or piangua. Overharvesting, however, has led to a drastic decline in piangua populations. As communities here work to preserve their coastal lands from pollution, development, and extreme ocean erosion, the essential role of the mangrove ecosystem--as the anchor of a sustainable harvesting economy, and as a protection against sea-level rise--has come into focus.
- Running time
- 10 minutes
- Annie Small ... Producer
- Prod. Co.
- Jungles in Paris
- United States
- Iscuande, Colombia
- Prod. Partners
- Conservation International
- Release year
- Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, Doc NYC, IDFA, Tampere Film Festival, AFI Docs, Palm Springs ShortFest, Camden International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival
- Palm Springs ShortFest - Winner Best Documentary, Tampere Film Festival - Winner Grand Prix, Short Shorts Asia - Winner Best Non-Fiction Award, Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse - Winner Signis Prize
- Broadcast (Acq.)
- New York Times OpDocs
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