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by Luisa Homem, Pedro Pinho


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.

original title: As Cidades e as Trocas
country: Portugal
year: 2014
genre: documentary
directed by: Luisa Homem, Pedro Pinho
film run: 139'
screenplay: Luisa Homem, Pedro Pinho
cinematography by: Luisa Homem, Pedro Pinho
film editing: Luisa Homem, Pedro Pinho
producer: João Matos, Leonor Noivo, Joana Gusmão, Filipa Reis, Rita Hermínio, Inês Luz
production: Terratreme Filmes, Uma Pedra no Sapato
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