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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 14 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Twilight over the cradle 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)

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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70 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
Twilight over the cradle, 21 March 2005
Author: pedrofjmk from Germany

There are no spoilers on this one, not even a hint about what you'll find in this movie. If you ask me, I would tell you to read on to the end of this text. You'll know how I felt, but not what the movie is about: you should see it unknowingly. Let it take you by surprise. For a very long time, no movie made me feel like leaving the theatre. But, having this policy of always giving the director a chance to either create a last-minute surprise effect or to prove himself ridiculous to an unspoken degree, I usually stay - even if I would vote zero for some. "Darwin's Nightmare" had me moving in my seat, sweating, swallowing nonexistent saliva, squeezing my hands into each other, thinking about all and nothing. Two times I simply had to close my eyes, many times I thought I had to get up and go - not that the documentary film was bad. Quite the opposite. Formally, it was too good. That's why it was so bothering. Maybe an overly emotional reaction, but we will all have different ones. Personally, this is the type of story I cannot dissociate of, and view as a spectator. This is the world, and this is tragic. Now: we all know it. We just didn't see it like this before. Not with this cutting-edge cruelty.

I could feel the tension around me, the tension inside the theatre, the discomfort that it rose. Yet, the laughter that a few purpose-made cynical scenes originated hurt like knives. I couldn't believe people laughed in such a movie (and then again, I heard people laughing during "Schindler's List"!!).

There is no reason to laugh. A few times, actually, there are plentiful reasons to cry. This movie hurts. It's poignant to the point of being unbearable. Sad. Tragic. Violent - the story is cruel, and Hubert is cruel as well. Or realistic. He does not make it one bit easier for the viewer. Rather is the viewer allowed to suffer, to sink in shame, to open his/her mouth in awe, to see reality, the dark reality of many places exactly as it is. Besides all, presented in a very intelligent format, and with a cunning sense of fairness and discipline. It was painful. It worked on me, and I only wished it would be over. Personally, this was no film, this was a severe blow in my stomach. I wonder how will it feel to those who actually have no idea about life... 10 out of 10. How could I give it less...?

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