Grândola, Swarthy Town

Grândola is a Portuguese coastal village in the Alentejo region, district of Setúbal, that will always be connected to the song “Grândola, Vila Morena”, by José Afonso, and to the values of Freedom, Democracy and Solidarity. On April 25th, 1974, that song was broadcast on national radio as a code for the start of the Revolution that ended the long lasting dictatorship in the country.

This film uses the lyrics of a song usually associated with political purposes, and adapts it to the modern Municipality of Grândola. With a fresher musical arrangement, it draws a singular parallel between the lyrics and Grândola as a tourist destination of excellence.

With more than 40km of amazing beaches with golden sand and crystalline water, Grândola is surrounded by rich natural and built heritage. By archeological stations, mining shafts and monuments that evoke the Revolution. By fraternal and welcoming people, delicious food and beautiful crafts, and by unique fairs and traditions.

  • David Mendes
    Director
  • Ideias com Pernas
    Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Grândola, Vila Morena
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Tourism, Travel, Touristic, Rural, Green, Promotional
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 25, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Portugal
  • Country of Filming:
    Portugal
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - David Mendes

With a degree in Tecnologia da Comunicação Audiovisual (Technology of Audiovisual Communication) by the Instituto Politécnico do Porto (Oporto Polytechnic Institute), David Mendes is a director and sole manager of Ideias Com Pernas with a vast experience in the creation of promotional films and commercials, as well as directing television content. He has advanced skills as a camera operator and colourist. In the last three years, has won more than 30 International Awards with tourism films.
His body of work includes creating and directing every episode of the television show “Minutos Mágicos”, broadcast by SIC Television, directing “Gala da Magia Coca-Cola”, the television spots “Corta com a Violência” and “Fora do Baralho” as well as several promotional and institutional films for brands such as Mercedes, KPMG, L'Óreal, Optimus, Salsa, Majestic, Moscatel de Setúbal, Nogueira's Fire Food. He has also directed major live events such as fashion shows and music concerts.

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