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As a young boy Zé left his Cape Verdean fishing village for a better life in Sweden. Years later he returns to find his village transformed, and the beach where he once played football has disappeared. His family now digs sand from the ocean floor to sell as cheap concrete, because fishing no longer puts enough food on the table.
Sandgrains is a documentary about the local effects of global fishing. The story takes us all the way from Africa to the corridors of the EU Parliament where an effort to reform Europe’s failing fishing industry is underway.


Directed by: ,
Story and edited by: Jordie Montevecchi, Gabriel Manrique
Cinematography: Jordie Montevecchi, Gabriel Manrique
Original music: Mirco Buonomo
Production: Matchbox Media Collective
Language: Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole
Running time: 57 minutes

Film festivals

- Best Film Award, International Film Festival of Cape Verde. Boa Vista, Cape Verde.
- Revelation of the Festival Award, International Film Festival Cineplateau. Praia, Cape Verde.
- Best Film Award, Voices from the Waters. Gothenburg, Sweden.
- Best Film Award, DocUnder30. Forlí, Italy.