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Swedish Premiere

Dear friends!

On the Swedish side of the pond things have been afoot with Sandgrains over the last few months. Last year Zé and Gabriel went to the Alimenterre festival in Prague for two screenings of the film around the topic of food as a basic human right. We had a great time thanks to our lovely host Wendy, and the discussions following the film were really inspiring.

In December Gabriel did a talk for the Swedish Green Party on the external dimension of EU fisheries, showing excerpts from the film, which in turn led to a recent screening of the film and a talk with Gabriel and MEP Isabella Lövin, who is in the film and is running for another term at the European Parliament. There is another fisheries deal coming up with Cape Verde in August, so we would really like to do a screening in Parliament prior to the vote.

Also Doc Lounge Gothenburg, a documentary appreciation society, screened the film recently around the topic of crowdfunding, which in turn has led to our very first film festival in Sweden. Gothenburg Indie Film Fest is coming up on Friday the 23rd of May, so don’t miss out if you’re in town!

What’s more, Zé just spent a month in Cape Verde, and the film was screened for our most important audience: the fishing families of Ribeira da Barca. They were ecstatic about it, and the TV station RTV did a four minute news piece with Zé about the film. This, from what we gather, has led to a public outcry, with the government pledging funds for artisanal fishers. We await more news on this.

That’s all for now and big hugs from Sweden

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