Videography for participatory cartography in a site of wind-power conflict in coastal Ceará state, Brazil

Abstract / Resumen / Resumo

This “perspectives” essay analyzes a documentary developed through social interactions and academic activities in a traditional fishing community in coastal northeastern Brazil. The community suffered environmental and social impacts from a wind farm established 200 meters from the nearest residence. The documentary shows the daily life of people who rely on artisanal fishing, subsistence farming and extractivism from mangroves, dunes, and freshwater lakes. Main themes include burial of inter-dunal lakes used for fishing and inter- and intra-community conflicts. The main lessons learned through producing and screening the documentary were that we should have better planned the story that the community wanted to tell, preferably through participatory workshops, so that the residents could use videography as an instrument to increase their visibility in struggles against large projects in their traditional lands.