In Bahia, Brazil, generations of impoverished families live in palafitas, a vast network of shacks built on stilts above a rising tide of garbage over the ocean bay. When the government threatens to reclaim the bay in the name of ecological restoration, hundreds of families are about to lose their homes. The film is a lyrical portrait of three single mothers living in the water slums during this crisis. Their stories of poverty unfold through visits from Norato, their big-hearted refrigerator repairman, who bears witness, as each family is promised a new home in governmental housing, without knowing if this promise will ever be kept. The film depicts the sacrifices these women make for their children’s survival and the demands of life on the bay. Ultimately, the blunders of the state’s urban development project compel these women to rise up and fight for their future. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Directed by Annie Eastman. Produced by Diane Markrow and Davis Coombe.

Bay of All Saints/ Baia de Todos os Santos

2012 US 74 min
Festival Year: 2013
Types: Documentary
Topic: Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living