Scene from the film Water To Tabato
Scene from the film Water To Tabato
Scene from the film Water To Tabato
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Water To Tabato

  • Portugal
  • Guinea-Bissau
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In mid-summer 2011, Paulo Carneiro and set out as assistant director for a film crew working on a project on the west African coast. There he unexpectedly ended up shooting his own film, a documentary report about a sinking ship near the coast of Guinea-Bissau on which he was a passenger. The digital camera records the growing panic on the ship after it has gotten stuck in the ocean in an oppressive nighttime atmosphere. In shaky interview footage, we see passengers move from an initial apathy to nervous anxiety, and from there fluidly to a fear for their lives. The growing tension on board is reflected in the film’s ever quickening tempo.


  • Original title
    Água para Tabatô
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Paulo Carneiro
  • DOP
    Paulo Carneiro
  • Editing
    Paulo Carneiro
  • Sound
    Mário Dias
  • Duration
    46 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
    • Guinea-Bissau
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • CINEPORT 2014, Festival de Cinema de Língua Portuguesa, Brasil 2014
    • Festival de Cinema da Figueira da Foz, Portugal 2014
    • ExtremaDoc Festival Internacional de Cine Documental, Finalista transfrontera, Spain 2014
    • CineEco, Festival Internacional de Cinema Ambiental, Portugal 2014
    • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech republic 2014
    • Festival Internacional de Cinema de Luanda, Angola 2014
    • Festival de Cine de Martil, Marroco 2014 (Prémio do Júri)
    • Festival de Cinema de São Tomé e Príncipe, Sao Tome e Principe 2014
    • Festin, Festival Itenerante de Língua Portuguesa, Lisboa, Portugal (Prémio do Público)
    • Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh 2016 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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