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Against a backdrop of extreme poverty, personal loss and a marine environment changing beyond her control…

Kokoly lives on a knife edge.

Kokoly is a short documentary film, produced by Blue Ventures, and supported by Stories of Change: a project of Sundance Institute, supported by the Skoll Foundation.

It gives a snapshot into the life of Madame Kokoly, a Vezo fisherwoman from southwest Madagascar, as she carries out her daily tasks in and around the coastal waters near her home village of Lamboara.

Through Madame Kokoly’s words, and those of other women in her community, we gain an insight into the heavy toll that overfishing and habitat destruction have taken on the Vezo people and experience the reality of their daily struggle for survival.

Kokoly shines a spotlight on the issues affecting small-scale fisheries across the tropics and demonstrates the urgent need for Blue Ventures’ work. Most importantly, we want this film to amplify the voices of marginalised individuals living on the front line of climate and ecological breakdown.

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