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Hubert Sauper (written by)
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21 January 2005 (Austria) See more »
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A documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 15 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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grim but essential viewing See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Elizabeth 'Eliza' Maganga Nsese ... Herself - Pilots' girlfriend, singer
Raphael Tukiko Wagara ... Himself - Night guard
Dimond Remtulia ... Himself - Fish factory owner
Marcus Nyoni ... Himself - Airport police officer
Sergey Samarets ... Himself - Ilyushin-76 captain
Jonathan Nathanael ... Himself - Young painter
Msafiri 'Safiri' Habat ... Himself - One-legged street boy
Dima Rogonov ... Himself - Singing pilot
Vladimir Tarasenko ... Himself - Air navigator
Jura Biriuchev ... Himself - Freight supervisor
Stanislav Ivanchenko ... Himself - Radio engineer
Jakob Maiseli ... Himself - Fish-quality controller
Lalit Malhotra ... Himself - Simba Plastics salesman
Shadard Mkono ... Himself - Fishing camp leader
Cleopa Kaijage ... Himself - Reverend
Cees Goudswaard ... Himself - Marine biologist
Richard Mgamba ... Himself - Investigative journalist
Naomie John ... Herself - Girl in the bar
Gloria Jusoph ... Herself - Girl in the bar
Angela Paul ... Herself - Girl in the bar
Catherine Paul ... Herself - Girl in the bar
Kaban Agustine ... Himself - Street child
Thomas Alex ... Himself
Njipl Arnosi ... Himself - Street child
Juma John Assuman ... Himself - Street child
Joseph Frenke ... Himself - Street child
Neema Gondo ... Himself - Street child
Frenk Haruna ... Himself - Street child
Shabani Hussen ... Himself - Street child
Silianus James ... Himself - Street child
Doroca John ... Himself - Street child
Alex Joseph ... Himself - Street child
Juma Joseph ... Himself - Street child
Mzee Masanja ... Himself - Street child
Gwassa Masubuko ... Himself - Street child
Abdarah Miti ... Himself - Street child
Alex Musasav ... Himself - Street child
Bane Mussa ... Himself - Street child
Jema Mussa ... Himself - Street child
Chacha Mwita ... Himself - Street child
Josephu Nguno ... Himself - Street child
Maga Nurata ... Himself - Street child
Ramadhan Self ... Himself - Street child
Malatiro William ... Himself - Street child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa ... Herself, street child (uncredited)

Hubert Sauper ... Himself - Interviewer (voice) (uncredited)

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Hubert Sauper 
 
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Hubert Sauper (written by)

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Barbara Albert .... producer
Martin Gschlacht .... producer
Edouard Mauriat .... producer
Hubert Sauper .... producer
Antonin Svoboda .... producer
Hubert Toint .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Hubert Sauper 
 
Film Editing by
Denise Vindevogel 
 
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Farès Ladjimi .... production manager
 
Art Department
Nick Flynn .... artistic collaborator
Sandor Rieder .... artistic collaborator
 
Sound Department
Cosmas Antoniadis .... sound
Veronika Hlawatsch .... sound designer
Andreas Schneider .... foley artist
A. Tobias Tenney .... assistant sound editor
 
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Thomas Treu .... post-production assistant
 
Other crew
Winston Emano .... publicist
David Magdael .... publicist
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)
 

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107 min | Australia:111 min
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53 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
grim but essential viewing, 3 November 2004
Author: Andy Ruff from london

Darwin's Nightmare is a shocking look at how globalization has caused a country to condemn the majority of its starving population to slavery, prostitution and drug addiction while every day over-fed Europeans dine off of its vast stocks of Nile Perch.

The setting is Lake Victoria, Tanzania, the world's biggest tropical lake, and the Nile Perch (artificially introduced by man) has voraciously destroyed every other species of fish unfortunate to cross its path. Most of those lucky enough to have jobs, fish on the lake and sell their catch to be exported far away to Western Europe. None of the locals can afford to eat the meat of the Perch themselves. They're reduced to scraping together some kind of nightmarish sustenance from the left over rotten fish heads (crawling with maggots) that wouldn't even make it into pet food tins for the west.

Of course, prostitution, drug addiction and HIV are all rife. Everyone knows someone who has died from the 'virus'. Large groups of orphaned homeless children sleep rough on the streets at night. And just to ensure that this convenient state of affairs remains in place (and, of course, to make a nice tidy profit), the vast 'empty' cargo planes arriving from Europe actually seem to be (illegally) laden with weaponry to be sold onto the genocidal wars in Africa. The planes are then packed full of huge amounts of Tanzania's abundant supplies of fish (at times to the point that they're too heavy to take off), and flown back out of the country while the majority of its population face the bleak prospect of famine.

This film is a real eye opener and is genuinely shocking. It should be compulsory viewing for anyone enjoying the privileges of the Western lifestyle.

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