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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 14 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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This isn't Darwin's nightmare, it's our own See more (47 total) »

Cast

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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)

Directed by
Hubert Sauper 
 
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Hubert Sauper (written by)

Produced by
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 
 
Production Management
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
 
Editorial Department
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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62 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
This isn't Darwin's nightmare, it's our own, 20 June 2005
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Slavery, colonization, genocide and civil war have marked the history of Africa. In Hubert Sauper's powerful documentary Darwin's Nightmare, we witness the latest humiliation -- globalization, euphemistically called the New World Order. Darwin's Nightmare is about fish, specifically the Nile Perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria, but the theme is the exploitation of the natural resources of one country for the benefit of others. In this case, 500 tons of white fillets are caught each day, then exported to Europe to feed two million people each day while the villagers who cannot afford the perch are forced to live on the heads and carcasses that the factories have discarded. While the film is about fish, Sauper explains that he "could make the same kind of movie in Sierra Leone, only the fish would be diamonds, in Honduras, bananas, and in Libya, Nigeria or Angola, crude oil".

Because of over fishing, the Nile Perch was artificially introduced into Lake Victoria in the late 1950s but it was an experiment gone wrong. The Nile Perch became the lake's predator, destroying the existing species of fish, even devouring its young, and devastating the natural ecology of the lake. With the collapse of a stable economy, local fisherman and farmers became dependent on the export business and the result was famine, poverty, HIV, prostitution, and drug addiction. The director says, "It is so incredible that wherever prime raw material is discovered, systematically the locals die in misery, their sons become soldiers and their daughters are turned into servants and whores".

The film does not rely on narration to tell its story. It is told by the Russian pilots who bring in munitions to feed wars in Angola and the Congo, then return to Europe with tons of fillets destined for European markets. The story is told by a prostitute who sings lovingly of Tanzania and dreams of an education, by a guard at a processing plant who earns $1 a day and hopes for his son to become a pilot. Armed only with a bow and poison-tipped arrows, he welcomes the thought of a war. We also hear from a Christian minister who buries local residents who died of AIDS but still refuses to recommend condoms because it is a "sin". All seem powerless in a system that worships the wrong values. One Russian pilot, hoping that one day all the world's children will be happy says: "Children in Angola receive weapons on Christmas Day, European children receive grapes. That's business but I wish all children could receive grapes".

While some claim that the fish-packing operation raises the standard of living, the evidence is otherwise. Some may benefit but the workers earn starvation wages and the country is reported to be in the midst of a famine. Darwin's Nightmare takes a strong stand but does not preach even though its images are often painfully direct. One of the most memorable scenes is of an African woman standing in the sun among the rotting fish carcasses and maggots claiming that her life is better than others, even though one eye has been clearly destroyed by ammoniac gases. This isn't Darwin's nightmare, it's our own.

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