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Darwin's Nightmare

Hubert Sauper / France - Autriche - Belgique - Canada - Finlande - Suède / 2004 / 107 ' / Anglais - Russe - Swahili / S.T. Français

Credits

Denise Vindevogel
Hubert Sauper
Hubert Sauper
Barbara Albert, Martin Gschlacht, Edouard Mauriat, Hubert Sauper, Antonin Svoboda & Hubert Toint

Awards & Festivals

Winner, Europa Cinemas Label Jury Award, Venice
Winner, Vienna Film Prize, Viennale
Winner, NFB Documentary Award, Montreal
Winner, Best Film, Copenhagen Dox 2004
Winner, Best Documentary, European Film Awards 2005
Winner, Grand Prix, Festival de Film d'Environnement Paris 2004
Winner, Best Documentary, European Film Awards 2005
Winner, Audience Award- Best Documentary, Belfort 2005
Winner, Grand Jury Prize, First Film Festival Premiers Plans, Angers 2005
Winner, Grand prize for Best Documentary, Mexico Cine Contemporain 2005
Winner, Best Film, Chicago Doc Festival 2005
Winner, Audience Award, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2005
Winner, Norway Distribution Award, Oslo Eurodoc 2005
Winner, Grand Prix Best Film, Docaviv, Israel

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A tale about humans between the North and the South, about globalization, and about fish.

Synopsis

There is good reason for DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE to be given the Oscar for Best Documentary: scores of critics have written that this is the best film they have seen in ten years, and it has won over twenty international awards.

Some time in the 1960s, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, this new gigantic fish multiplied incredibly fast, and its white fillets are today exported all around the world. Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo: Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the African continent. This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world’s biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World Bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots.

DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE brings us in close for an intimate and at times uncomfortable look at this world, and in doing so this film deftly unpacks the puzzle of globalization in a visually stunning and raw portrait of life on this planet.