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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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Unlike Any Documentary You'll Ever See 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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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Unlike Any Documentary You'll Ever See, 8 July 2006
Author: fwomp from United States

DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE is truly that: a nightmare. Filmed on-location in Tanzania along the banks of the massive Lake Victoria, director Hubert Sauper puts the lens of his camera in the face of everyone involved in this human atrocity …from those who aid it, to those at the bottom of its global circumstances.

The focus is on the gigantic Nile Perch, a freshwater fish of unbelievable size, who was unfortunately introduced to Lake Victoria and has decimated the native fish population. On the upside, however, is the new economy brought by the Nile Perch. Million dollar fish packing operations abound and jobs are available …but only to a few hundred natives. The remainder live in squalor and on starvation's doorstep. All of the fish, without exception, is flown out of Africa to richer, more affluent, neighboring continents (mostly Europe). The money being made by the IMF and a few select companies is impressive, but can it last? Mr. Sauper has done something extraordinary. Without putting in any bias, he has allowed this story to unfold on its own. I've never, EVER, seen a documentary like this. I was appalled by the educational system in Tanzania (basically nonexistent) and yet startled by the realization that none of the Tanzanians know or care about the globalization that is causing much of their problems (again, an educational issue). One of the natives that Mr. Sauper interviewed even wished that war would spill over from Angola and into Tanzania so that he could have "better work". Incredible! AIDS, of course, is an ever present item in Africa, and Tanzania is no exception. But the additional problem here is that there are few facilities to care for the infected. On many of the large islands on Lake Victoria, there are no doctors, hospitals, or dispensaries. Prostitution is widespread as women become widowed and have no source of income. Children are on the street, fighting for fists full of rice, early victims of AIDS after losing their parents. And what is the world doing about this …? The hidden side-story in the documentary is "what's on the planes when they land in Tanzania." High-level officials say, "Nothing." But truth be told (by one of the pilots interviewed) sometimes weapons are shipped in on the planes, destined for war-torn areas of Africa. No food. No humanitarian supplies. Nothing else makes it in to Tanzania. We (the world) take from Africa, and all we give it is more death and destruction. This isn't stated directly in the film, but is easily surmised through the interviews.

Finally, there's the airport. Almost as much a character in the film as anyone, this landing field (I hesitate to call it an airport) is a ramshackle building with flies, bees, and broken equipment, resulting in many airliner mishaps throughout the years. A testament to the unspoken fact that the world has no intentions of developing this area. We'll take until there's nothing left, then we'll leave Tanzania and her people to her final verdict. Death!

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