Mar de Sines/ Sea of Sines

In result of more than 100 interviews and 250 hours of filming, the Documentary “Mar de Sines” is a film project centered in the perpetual connection of the local community of Sines with the sea. It assembles the testimonies of three generations of fishermen exposed to the rough temper of the of Portuguese southwest sea. Their knowledge of what the sea offers and claims in return. The Sines community is a melting pot of cultures, nationalities and generations and the perfect set to find the protagonists of a traditional kind of fishing that still respects the natural resources as part of an ancestral legacy. The film portraits the fishing harbor of Sines and its people and travels along to meet the territory of the last fishermen using the raft of “São Torpes”, the landscape of the shellfish gatherers that inhabit the rocky cliffs, and reality of the deep-sea fishermen. Directed by Diogo Vilhena, produced and assisted by António Campos, “Mar de Sines” strives to combine an historical and ethnographical perspective with an aesthetical approach. The original soundtrack was composed by Charlie Mancini and had the collaboration of several local musicians. The script’s structure was based on the work of Francisco Luís Lopes, “Breve Notícia de Sines” and depicts a resilient community that continues to live from the sea activity. The creative process of this film had the support of 27 local and national entities, which allowed the use of documents and photos from their archives, made available the knowledge of scientific consultants which contributed with interviews, and authorized the recording of 60 hours of filming on board of the local fishing boats. More than 2000 persons were involved in the filming and post production of this documentary. The documentary “Mar de Sines” was a production of the Municipality of Sines. It represents an investment of 41,413.32 €, co-financed in 75% by the PROMAR – “Programa Operacional de Pesca” 2007 – 2013 / Governo de Portugal – Ministério da Agricultura e do Mar / European Maritime and Fisheries Fund / European Union. The ADL – “Associação de Desenvolvimento do Litoral Alentejano”as managing partner of the GAC Além Tejo.

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