Throughout centuries, generations of fisherwomen from Rodrigues Island have practiced the traditional métier of piqueuse ourite, octopus spearing, which was then a warrant of self-sufficiency, emancipation and social prestige. With the avenue of major economic and climatic changes in the past years, the métier alongside its stoical self-reliant way of life, is at stake.
SEC ROUGE, a creole term for an optimal dry tide to fish octopus, was an omen of prosperous catch for the elders. Today a “dry-red” tide is a rarity; a mirage-image of precarious times for the few remaining fisherwomen who are still struggling to practice their métier. SEC ROUGE, an evocative filmic immersion into the fragile reality of a dying métier.
cast MARIE LOUISE EDOUARD, MARIE JEANNE AZIE & MARIE ELYDIONE AZIE direction, camera KATE TESSA LEE direction, sound recording, sound design, montage TOM SCHÖN color grading CHRISTIAN LESSNER sound mix ROMAN VEHLKEN
produced by FÜNFERFILM funded by FILMFÖRDERUNG HAMBURG SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN & BKM
26 minutes | Germany 2018
- International Short Film Festival Hamburg, Germany
- Split Film Festival, Croatia
- Underdox Munich, Germany
- Festival dei Popoli, Italy
- Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg, Germany
- EMAF Osnabrück, Germany
- Lucca Film Festival, Italy