Hello everyone! We invite you to watch this short documentary on Madame Kokoly, a traditional Vezo fisherwoman living in the Velondriake region of southwest Madagascar. This video is hosted in the SSF Hub Resource Library and is available in several languages, which can be selected underneath the “Information about Resource” tab on the right side of the screen.
Please feel free to share your reactions to the video in the comments section below, pose a question to other members of the SSF Hub, or respond to one of the following discussion questions:
- Was there anything you saw in the film that you can relate to?
- Kokoly learned many of her skills from her father when she was young. What sort of knowledge or skills related to fishing are passed down from generation to generation in your community?
- Many members of Kokoly’s community depend on her to provide them with food from her catch. How do fishers in your community support the lives and nutritional needs of their family, friends, and neighbors?
- In order to supplement her income, Kokoly began farming seaweed. Do local fishworkers in your community engage in alternative livelihoods to supplement their income? If so, what do they do?
- How do women contribute to food security in your communities? Are their contributions similar or different from the contributions of men?
- How do you think Kokoly’s community will change as there are fewer and fewer fish in the sea? What would a better future look like for her community?
- What do you think of Kokoly’s quote: “Everything, once it's worth something, you won't see it anymore.” How does it relate to your life or the lives of your community members?