18-20 September 2020
Geba River between Xime and Enxalé
MACARÉ is the research for a film by Sana na N’Hada in the context of Mediateca Onshore. The Tabanca Enxalé, a Balanta village, is located on a peninsula where the Geba River meets the Corubal River. The village is surrounded by mangrove forests where the natural phenomenon of the tidal wave “Macaré'' occurs every autumn equinox and new moon. Evidence in the theory of continental drift suggests that the Geba Canal in Guinea-Bissau was a junction of the Amazon River in Brazil when the two continents were connected in a different geological time. Macaré is a natural phenomenon that only takes place in a few places in the world (e.g. in the Amazon and the Geba River) and shows the collision of the river water with the ocean waves at the onset of the tide. It is best perceived at the new moon at the summer solstice, Since the construction of a dam on the Geba River in Senegal, this phenomenon has changed enormously in Enxalé. The research aims to deepen the understanding of life in alluvial land and the traditional uses and cosmology of the tidal ecosystem.