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Ponta Delgada ,  November 15, 2010

Multimedia project on industrial fishing in Brazil presented in the Azores

Brazilian journalist Ana Sheila Calgaro presents a multimedia project on Brazilian industrial fishing on the islands of Terceira, Pico and Faial from November 16 to 20.
The project to be presented, which consists of a literary work, a film and a photo exhibition on industrial fishing in Brazil, is supported by the Government of the Azores, through the Regional Directorate for Communities and counts on the collaboration the Angra do Heroísmo and the João José da Graça Public Libraries and Regional Archives, the Whaling Museum on Pico, the Communities blog of RTP Açores (regional TV broadcaster) and the House of the Azores of Santa Catarina island.
On the island of Terceira the event takes place at the Angra do Heroísmo Public Library and Regional Archive on November 16 at 6 PM while on Faial the same present will take place at the João José da Graça Public Library and Regional Archives on November 18 at 7 PM. On the island of Pico, this work will be presented at the Whaling Museum on November 19 at 9 PM.
The work of Sheila Ana Calgaro comprises the launch of the book “Vidas separadas pelo mar” (Lives separated by the sea) in which the journalist tells the stories and evokes the memories of people liked to the industrial fishing sector in Santa Catarina, a Brazilian state strongly influenced by Azorean culture. In addition to the literary work, this project also includes the exhibition of the 30-minute film “Ciclo das Horas” (Cycle of Hours) which depicts the daily lives of fishers at sea and ashore as well as their stories.
The third part of this project consists of an exhibition of photographs and excerpts from the book.
During these three events, the Brazilian journalist will also deliver a lecture to talk about her experience in the organisation of the project which involved a five-day journey at the sea where she accompanied the work carried out by a group of ten fishers in the high seas. After her speech, Sheila Calgaro expects that the subsequent debate be a means to exchange experiences between the Azorean and Brazilian fishing cultures.
The book “Vidas separadas pelo mar” is a collection of different life stories that draw a parallel between the socio-cultural aspects of the fishers on board and the course of industrial fishing in the state of Santa Catarina as well as in Brazil. The diversity of stories is reflected in their protagonist such as Pinta Preta, a Portuguese fisher who worked on steam fishing vessels and was a pioneer in the exploration southernmost seas of Brazil; Virgínia, whose life is dominated by solitude in permanent while she waits for her husband who is away at sea; the memories of Ricardo, a shipwreck survivor who was at the mercy of the sea for four days; the sadness of Salma Benta whose three sons died at sea, the miraculous hands of the “benzedeira” (faith healer) Dona Lica blessing the vessel “Santa Luzia” that returned from the sea with the hold full of fish; and the job search of Luiz Carlos who left the sea to live on land.
All these stories were lived by Sheila Calgaro during a five-day journey in the company of tens fishers aboard “Monkfish” were, according to her, the “closest way” she found to depict her “impression and feelings to an informative text.” The book, divided into 14 chapters, is a first-person narrative of her experience in high seas.
In turn, the documentary film highlights the fishers’ work at sea as passionate about their work or as a job that needs the enforcement of labour laws. On land, they are father and husbands who divide their time between departures and meetings, living with constant absence of their families.
The documentary “Ciclo das Horas” tells the stories of these fishers, who are accustomed to living weeks at sea and few days ashore, in addition to the testimonies of their children and wives who are constantly waiting for their return.
The film, directed and written by Sheila Ana Calgaro, with production by Simone Castro, photography art by Mederijohn Corumbá and editing by Luciana Siebert, is an independent production that exclusively portrays the lives of the fishers aboard the vessel where the journalist spent her five-day journey and their respective families.
In addition to the book and the documentary film, the project also includes an itinerant exhibition containing photographs of the book protagonists as well as excerpts from the book. This exhibition featuring images of photographer Elton de Souza has been in display at public and private spaces in several cities along the Santa Catarina coast in addition to the Federal District.
The book by Sheila Calgaro has been distributed - 450 copies - in public and private schools in some cities of the stated of Santa Catarina, and among researchers across Brazil, universities and fishing unions. The author explains the gesture: “I want that this book serve as a social and educational project, acknowledging the value of the stories told by fishers, whose work often lacks recognition.” Through partnerships with teachers from Itajaí, the work of Sheila Calgaro is used in a classroom context to promote lectures on the life of fishers in the industrial fishing sector. They are “many children and youngsters whose family members are fishers. Stressing the importance of these people’s memories is also crucial for these students better understand the history of our city,” concluded the journalist.
 Sheila Ana Calgaro was born in Itajaí (Santa Catarina), on August 20, 1985. She graduated in journalism from the University of Vale do Itajaí in July 2007, having presented the work “Vidas separadas pelo mar” as her course final paper. The book was published with the support of the Municipal Culture Incentive Law. She has worked on radio, television, cinema and as a communication consultant.
She has always enjoyed working with life stories and the opportunity of writing a book provided her with the possibility of evoking the memories of “anonymous” characters in a more literary and in-depth approach.


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