Over the Islands of Africa - Cape Verde





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Over the Islands of Africa - Cape Verde

The sounds of their names alone conjure up thoughts of pristine beaches, spices and the tales of a thousand and one nights. The five-part documentary series "Over the Islands of Africa" follows five internationally renowned photographers as they explore the islands around Africa -- Zanzibar, Mauritius, Madagascar, São Tomé & Príncipe and Cape Verde.

The photographers stop at nothing in pursuit of spectacular perspectives for their aerial photographs, stories and portraits, making use of unusual means of transport, from a motorised parachute to a flying rubber boat that can land on land as well as water.

Stéphane Ducandas' goal was nothing less than to capture the soul of the Cape Verde Islands in photographs. Stéphane is a New Caledonian and spent his childhood in Africa. For him, the trip to Cape Verde is also a journey back to his roots. His aim is to explore the landscapes of the archipelago by land and by air. The bird's-eye view is provided by Englishman Richard Meredith-Hardy. With a flight over Everest to his name, he's considered the most fearless ultralight pilot in the world. To fly Stéphane around, he's brought his FIB, a flying inflatable boat. Together they land on secluded beaches in defiance of the relentless winds.

Their journey takes them from the main island of Santiago to São Vicente, Santo Antão and Sal. Along the way they meet guitar makers and musicians, distillers and fishermen. For Stéphane, every encounter is like a gem: "What I'm really looking for in my photography is an exchange. Commonalities. A half-hour or an hour experiencing people's everyday life with them." People like Kabungo in Tarrafal, whose surfing school for youths he joins for day, thereby plunging not only into their lives, but also his own past. "When I'm shooting pictures, I re-live a lot of feelings from little moments in my childhood. The picture itself comes at the end. It's almost an afterthought."

Meanwhile Richard has his hands full with permits and strong winds, not to mention repairs following a near-crash. He isn't able to fly as often as he'd planned, but in Santo Antão he's rewarded in another way: with a whole airfield just for his FIB. To show his gratitude, he takes Francisco, the guard at the long-abandoned airport, for a flight around the island in his FIB, giving him a bird's-eye view of his island for the first time.

Cape Verde -- the islands of Saudade, of longing. For Stéphane and Richard it was a journey full of adventure, unforgettable encounters and magnificent photographs. Director Christian Schidlowski and his team accompanied them on their trip.

Documentary | 2011 | HD | 52 minutes
Directed by: Christian Schidlowski
Camera: Sascha Kellersohn
Montage: Christian Schidlowski
Music: Nils Kacirek
Production Manager: Carolin Neubauer
Line Producer: Markus Breimaier
Producer: Thomas Wartmann
Editor: Ulrike Becker, SWR

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