Câmara Municipal de Sines, 2016, Diogo Vilhena e António Campos. 72MIN 16:9 FULL HD
Mar de Sines/ Sea of Sines
Sines is an industrial complex and a Atlantic gateway to Europe. The silhouette of huge ships on the horizon, is a familiar image. But amongst these giants, a generation resists, representing the traditional fishing and the resilience of an activity that stubbornly resist the passage of time. Forming a symbiosis between tradition and innovation, fishing remains a living force in Sines. During a year the “Mar de Sines” team traveled through this coast and have had close contact with the local coastal communities, recording how they explore the sea and its resources. The sea is the common denominator of all the protagonists. It is both the adversary to be faced and the father figure that provides sustenance. This film travels in search of the strategies adopted by these communities in order to survive in a harsh and remote environment. Starting with a a simple raft of reeds, we follow the shellfish gatherers and the more complex arts such as trammel nets and seine fishing , discovering the importance of gestures, sounds and artifacts that today are on the edge of existence as the zinga, the chui, the ribileva, the mud bucket or the longlining. From this collective memory, narrated in the first person, this documentary draws, with the help of the community, a portrait of a generation that made of fishing its life.
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.