É na Terra não é na Lua (2011)

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É na Terra não é na Lua (2011)

It's the Earth not the Moon (2011)
DVD9 | ISO | PAL 4:3 | 03:05:32 | 7,10 Gb
Audio: Portuguese AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English, French, Portuguese
Genre: Documentary, History

Director: Gonçalo Tocha

A cameraman and a soundman arrive in Corvo in 2007, the smallest island in the archipelago of the Azores. Right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Corvo is a large rock, 6km high and 4km long, with the crater of a volcano and a single tiny village of 440 people. Gradually, this small filming crew is accepted by the island's population as its new inhabitants, two people to add to a civilization almost 500 years old, whose history is hardly discernible, such is the lack of records and written memories. Shot at a vertiginous pace throughout a few years, self‐produced between arrivals, departures and coming‐backs, It's the Earth not the Moon develops as the logbook of a ship, and turns out as a patchwork of discoveries and experiences, which follow the contemporary life of a civilization isolated in the middle of the sea.


It's never easy to get to Corvo Island. It's'the most isolated point in Europe and the most inaccessible, located on the western extremity of the Azorean Islands - Portugal, in mid Atlantic Ocean.

É na Terra não é na Lua (2011)

Since the beginning of the human colonisation in Corvo until the end of the 2oth century, this island lived secluded and totally self-dependent. A closed agricultural community with ancestral rituals and codes but open to the sea. Historical are the stories about their relationships, economical and social, with the sailors and the pirates that sailed around the coast of the island. The state of Portugal was distant, the world for Corvo was the internacionl sea trade and Corvo was in the center of that trade.

É na Terra não é na Lua (2011)

I got to Corvo in 2007, amidst a strong development of investment plans from the EU for peripheral areas.

Maybe, there's no place anymore for a film that wants to portray a society with specific habits and rituals, preserved and left untouched by time. The fascination about Corvo now is to be able to present a strange portrayal, maybe through excess, of the western way of life integrated on an amazing natural landscape.

É na Terra não é na Lua (2011)

After my first film "Balaou" (2007), on a sailing boat, I wished to make a long odyssey film in a small island. For me Islands are boats stopped in the Ocean, for centurys. And Corvo Island is the most perfect one: very small, just one tiny village, very far from the continent, almost unkwon and full of myths throughout it's history.

É na Terra não é na Lua (2011)

In August 2007 me and Didio Pestana, this film crew reduced to minimum (a cameraman and a soundman) arrived in the Island of Corvo. We were just two more inhabitants out of the 440 that live there.

Our filming periods were organised as long retreats interspersed in time.

É na Terra não é na Lua (2011)

During the three periods of filming (August and September 2007 / December and January 2008 / October 2008), we have worked on an initial stage as if we could be the contemporary historians/ archivists of the Island, recording everything that makes up the social dynamic of the village: services, jobs, working the land, Dishing, activities, celebrations, partys, the cafes.

É na Terra não é na Lua (2011)

We were doing the actual historical register of Corvo, the present history. The island doesn't have Archives and has few written documents and fewer visual documents, no actual journals, no literature, a forgotten craftsmanship and a rapidly eroding memory as the elderly die.

The initial stage of filming allowed us to get to know the people in the community and create personal relationships that were lasting. The characters naturally stand out in the film.

É na Terra não é na Lua (2011)

We took the challenge upon ourselves of not making a film based on 2 or 3 characters, 2 or 3 stories. On an island of little over 400 people it would be a missed opportunity not to make a mosaic constructed film in which all the characters and stories intertwine to convey the big picture of the whole community. There is a strong sense of community in Corvo. The island itself is circular, there is nowhere else to go.

É na Terra não é na Lua (2011)

With this rough material we have gathered some segments organised thematically and showed them to the people in them. The several comments made led to an even more active participation from the community and people on film. They started telling the stories in a more detailed and complex way, mixing Past and Present.

We have applied the same process to the few archive material we uncovered: the film from 1977, two published photo books from the 90's, newspaper articles, diaries and personal photos from the islanders.

É na Terra não é na Lua (2011)

This material, along with the oral memory and the contemporany stories, made our own personal journal on board. Many stories that we heard, were retold by us in the film.

It can be very interesting that in the film this island is no longer seen as peripheral but can be considered as the centre of the world.
É na Terra não é na Lua (2011)

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