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The Damned of the Sea

Jawad Rhalib / Belgium - Morocco / 2008 / 71 ' / Arabic - English - Swedish / S.T. English


Karima Saïdi
Jawad Rhalib
Olivier Pullincks
Hassan Laarousi
Yves Legrève

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Awards & Festivals

2009 Best Documentary, International Panafrican Film Festival – Cannes
2009 Best documentary, 15th International Environmental Film Festival ENVIROFILM, Slovakia
2009 Audience-Award, Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland
Roma Independent Film Festival
International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam Nominated for special prize
Rainier III, Festival International de la Télévision de Monte Carlo.

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Moroccan fisherman aren’t allowed to fish while European trawlers reap their harvest


Formerly known as Mogador, Essaouira was the first sardine fishing port in the world. Today the fish have left its waters. Thousands of small moroccan fishermen from Essaouira, Safi and Agadir have to move further down south to Dakhla in the Sahara to hope to catch some fish. Then, starts a hellish struggle. In the background, trawlers from foreign countries drag the waters with their death nets, killing an entire ecosystem. In the foreground, captivating portraits of desperate fishermen who've been robbed of their livelihood. Who shares the responsibility for this death sentence?


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