Ribeira da Barcais the main location of the film and it is home to most of the characters in the film. Seventy percent of its inhabitants are fishermen or are directly linked to the artisanal fishing industry. In colonial times, the bay was one of the main harbors of the island of Santiago. It has 4500 inhabitants and it's constantly growing, the beach has disappeared and with it the fresh water table. The people feel on their back the effects of the global downfall of fish resources, they have to find ways of living and thus they overexploit their resources.
Charco is the beach next to Ribeira da Barca. Since the foundation of the village it has been the chosen ground for the crops used by the people. Charco is a green valley full of palms, sugar cane, tomatoes and many other vegetables. Now it has the only spring that brings water to the village. The beach once had sand dunes that would reach into the cultivated plots, but nowadays is only covered by stones and piles of sand that was taken from the sea bottom, and ready to be sold. Up to five hundred people come everyday to dig out the sand from the sea.
Gothenburg lies on the western coast of Sweden. The Scandinavian country is now home to Jose Fortes, and the city was once a thriving fishing port. The population of coastal cod has collapsed there and most of the few remaining trawlers and longliners fish in international waters, where some resources remain to exploit.
Assomada is the biggest city near to Ribeira da Barca. It is situated on a plateau in Santiago’s mountain ridge. It is house to the regional market where the fish catched in Ribeira da Barca and the Vegetables from Charco are sold. It's an indoor market, but stalls spill out over nearby streets and corners.
Mindelo is one of the deepest ports in West Africa and is the commercial harbor of Cape Verde. It is on the island of Sao Vicente, 126 nautical miles from Ribeira da Barca. Here are the main facilities of Cape Verde’s fishing industry and the related institutions. It is home to our expert in fisheries management and of most foreign fishing companies residing in the country.
Brussels is the administrative capital of the European Union. The city hosts the European Parliament where the production team will meet and interview our experts in fisheries policies. Investigating the relevant institutions in various locations around the city will give an inside view on how policies and treaties get created and ratified.