Kokoly

Synopsis

Against a backdrop of extreme poverty, personal loss and a marine environment changing beyond her control, Kokoly lives on a knife edge. Kokoly follows a traditional Vezo fisherwoman, Madame Kokoly – as she reflects on her life experiences and carries out her daily routine in and around the coastal waters of southwest Madagascar. This film features female-only voices from one of Africa’s most remote regions.

Review

5/5
A documentary that highlights the declining marine biodiversity in Madagascar.
Directed by Garth Cripps & Paul Antion, in association with Blue Ventures, ‘Kokoly’ is a short documentary film that follows Madame Kokoly, a local fisherwoman from Madagascar. The film highlights the declining marine habitat in light of climate change. Despite personal tragedy and financial hardship, Kokoly displays unfathomable determination to carry on and continue her passion for fishing.

The 15-minute film opens with Madame Kokoly fishing for octopus in the low tides of south-west Madagascar. The entire film is filmed in the Malagasy language with English subtitles throughout. Whilst going about her daily routine, Kokoly tells of the environmental change she has witnesses since she was a child. A poignant moment is shared when we learn of her son’s passing, his burial and the tradition to change house. Kokoly’s physical and mental strength is awe-inspiring, highlighted by her unstoppable tenacity whilst fishing and constructing a new home.

Kokoly Short Film
Garth Cripps, Paul Antion and Blue Ventures have created a compelling documentary that doesn’t shy away from highlighting the extreme poverty of the local community. Marine biodiversity loss has had a detrimental effect on the villagers – showcasing the ripple effect and consequences of climate change. Cinematography is of an exceptional standard, with high quality sound, music and post-production. ‘Kokoly’ is essentially an awareness film about the environmental repercussions of our quickly changing climate. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Garth Cripps, Paul Antion
Writer(s): Garth Cripps, Matthew Judge, Paul Antion, Ruth Leeney
Cast: Madame Kokoly
Producer(s): Martin Muir
Director of Photography: Garth Cripps
Editor(s): Matthew Judge
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Specifications

Genre: Documentary
Subjects: Climate Change, Grief, Nature, Society
Country: United Kingdom
Language: Malagasy
Year: 2019
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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Garth Cripps, Paul Antion
Writer(s): Garth Cripps, Matthew Judge, Paul Antion, Ruth Leeney
Cast: Madame Kokoly
Producer(s): Martin Muir
Director of Photography: Garth Cripps
Editor(s): Matthew Judge
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Documentary
Subjects: Climate Change, Grief, Nature, Society
Country: United Kingdom
Language: Malagasy
Year: 2019

Recommended

Kokoly

Synopsis

Against a backdrop of extreme poverty, personal loss and a marine environment changing beyond her control, Kokoly lives on a knife edge. Kokoly follows a traditional Vezo fisherwoman, Madame Kokoly – as she reflects on her life experiences and carries out her daily routine in and around the coastal waters of southwest Madagascar. This film features female-only voices from one of Africa’s most remote regions.

Review

A documentary that highlights the declining marine biodiversity in Madagascar.

5/5
Directed by Garth Cripps & Paul Antion, in association with Blue Ventures, ‘Kokoly’ is a short documentary film that follows Madame Kokoly, a local fisherwoman from Madagascar. The film highlights the declining marine habitat in light of climate change. Despite personal tragedy and financial hardship, Kokoly displays unfathomable determination to carry on and continue her passion for fishing.

The 15-minute film opens with Madame Kokoly fishing for octopus in the low tides of south-west Madagascar. The entire film is filmed in the Malagasy language with English subtitles throughout. Whilst going about her daily routine, Kokoly tells of the environmental change she has witnesses since she was a child. A poignant moment is shared when we learn of her son’s passing, his burial and the tradition to change house. Kokoly’s physical and mental strength is awe-inspiring, highlighted by her unstoppable tenacity whilst fishing and constructing a new home.

Kokoly Short Film
Garth Cripps, Paul Antion and Blue Ventures have created a compelling documentary that doesn’t shy away from highlighting the extreme poverty of the local community. Marine biodiversity loss has had a detrimental effect on the villagers – showcasing the ripple effect and consequences of climate change. Cinematography is of an exceptional standard, with high quality sound, music and post-production. ‘Kokoly’ is essentially an awareness film about the environmental repercussions of our quickly changing climate. Highly recommended.

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