Blue Ventures’ short documentary film, Kokoly, which follows the story of Madame Kokoly, an octopus fisherwoman living on the frontlines of climate and ecological breakdown, has been selected as the winner of the Red Earth Award (Special Jury Mention) at this year’s All Living Things Environmental Film Festival (ALTEFF). The festival, which this year took place for 2020, aims to engage audiences in environmental and social issues through informed, creative and compelling films that showcase the beauty of our planet and raise the voices of communities around the world.
Madame Kokoly and her community rely on the ocean to survive and in recent years, have seen their environment change more rapidly than ever. At a crucial time for our planet, sharing stories like this through film shines a light on the issues small-scale fishers face, demonstrating the urgent need for conservation action that is grounded in the needs of the communities that are doing the least to contribute to climate change.
Find out what happened when Kokoly watched the final film with her family
A special thanks to…
Madame Kokoly, her family, and the men and women of Velondriake
The Velondriake Committee