- Diaries from an intrepid filmmaker (5)Cinema on a motorbike Today we went on filming our sculptor and our canoe maker doing some interesting interviews, but you can catch up with those once the film is finished. Living up to the Scottish Documetary Institute's philosophy of bringing films everywhere, we did the first-ever cinema screening on the islands of Bijagos. In fact it was the premie […]
- Diaries from an intrepid filmmaker (4)On unsustainable filmmaking Today we started filming an old man who is a sculptor specialised in statues embodying spirits. Of course we had to start by selecting the tree, then request for the tree to be cut with the usual ceremony of cloth, palm tree wine, and egg. Then once again the tree nearly fell on the camera. I'm starting to believe that they h […]
- Diaries from an intrepid filmmaker (3)Getting to know the village and its inhabitants Today we went on filming the making of canoe. In no time at all, they transformed this magnificent tree into the shape of the canoe. They worked from early morning till 4pm, only fuelled by Palm wine. Then two women came with a tiny bit of cooked rice. Whatever happened to the 50 kg we bought the previous day? […]
- Diaries from an intrepid filmmaker (2)Day 4: how to request permission to film Bubaque is the main island and the capital of the Bijagós, centred around the port. You only get one boat a week linking the Bijagós to the mainland, but slowly the French are developing this lost paradise into a tourist venue. Speed boats are now wheezing around the islands, making the traditional canoe a death trap. […]
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