04.07.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO participates in Off-FLIP 2013 (Paraty, Brazil)

© UNESCO/Edson Fogaça

The exhibition of the documentary film “The root sailing raft”, produced by the architect Edson Fogaça, was included in the Off-FLIP 2013 agenda. It is a parallel event that simultaneously takes place with the Literary Fair of Paraty (Feira Literaria de Paraty – FLIP), from July 3 to 7, 2013, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The film was shown this Thursday, July 4, at 11 o’clock, at Espaco Silo Cultural, in front of Casa da Cultura, in the Historical Centre of Paraty, with the presence of its producer and director.

The film follows the publication that has the same name and that has the cooperation of UNESCO Office in Brazil. It shows images and interviews of the building process of a rare model of handmade sailing raft (jangada), which is made of roots of a tree found in Ceara state (Brazil) used for artisanal fishery. This raft shown in the film is built by one of the last fishermen that has the knowledge of this technique. In 2012, this documentary film won the Best Editing award at the Brazilian Film Festival, in Brasilia.

The bilingual book – English and Portuguese – reveals details and features of this secular technique of building the root sailing raft made of Timbauba wood (jangada de raiz de Timbaúba), registered by the Brazilian Vessels Project in the coastline of Ceara state. In the 112 pages of this publication, it is possible to reveal the mystery of this art mastered by Edilson Miguel da Silva, a 61-year-old artisanal fisherman that had built and used this type of jangada for 15 years. Today, this type of sailing raft has been substituted by more modern vessels.

Brazilian Vessels Project

 The film and the book are products of the Brazilian Vessels Project. It is a careful research work developed in a period of more than 10 years on traditional knowledge of building artisanal boats in Brazil. Its objective is to produce documentary films, photographic registers and publications on the universe of these vessels, contributing to the preservation of a cultural heritage barely known and valued by Brazilians.

Since 2001, the Project team travels to the main poles of traditional fishing of Brazil – along the shore, rivers and lakes of the country – searching for images and interviews of naval master-carpenters, sailors and artisanal fishermen that report secrets of their jobs that have millenary roots such as “know how to do” and “know how to sail”, besides other aspects of their cultural inheritance.




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