Trading Cities

  • 7.5 10
  • 2014
  • 138min
Trading Cities
  • Original Title: As Cidades e as Trocas (2014)

This documentary makes us travel through the route of the sand that will feed Cape Verde's hunger for new hotels and resorts. An essay about the physical and social transformation of an Island.

Trading Cities

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: FID Marseille/ Festival dei Popoli/ Art of The Real, Film Society of Lincoln Center/ Cabo Verde International Film Festival/ DocLisboa/ Porto/Post/Doc: Film & Media Festival/ Festival Filmer le Travail/ Ethnocineca/ Há Filmes na Baixa/ Filmer A Tout Prix/ Festival Caminhos do Cinema Português/ Festival Internacional de Cinema da Fronteira/ Festival Internazionale del Cinema Urbano/ Extensão DocLisboa Macau/ Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg/ Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa/ Festival International du Film Insulaire de l'île de Groix/ Festival de Cinema Português na Rússia/ Cinema Lusco Fusco/ Mostra Contemporânea de Cinema Português/ European Art Cinema Day/ Nova Cinema

Trading Cities. The journey of the sand to Cape Verde

In 2008, the growing tourism industry of Cape Verde was frozen. The building of many hotels and resorts by foreigner companies had to be stopped due to a shortage of sand. 

The sand industry, primary resource for the production of concrete, had reached a dramatic level, endangering the beaches. This event caused a huge euphoria among the businessmen of Mauritania. 

A great number of trucks started to flow to the Nouakchott port, where many boats sail out to feed the tourist constructions in Cape Verde. Trading Cities starts in Lisbon on a cargo ship. 

We will undertake an Atlantic route that re-enacts these daily travels, in order to highlight the physical and social transformations in the landscape that these exchanges produce.

Pedro Pinho
Pedro Pinho Director
Luisa Homem
Luisa Homem Director

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