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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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A real documentary, in that the filmmakers let the viewer form their own conclusions 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)

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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 
 
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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35 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
A real documentary, in that the filmmakers let the viewer form their own conclusions, 19 February 2006
Author: newboxcrayons from United States

I find the earlier criticism laughable...and sad, in that we're so used to Michael Moore esquire films now that shove their meanings down our throats that when something comes along that makes you actually have to think...and draw your own conclusions, everyone is up in arms.

Darwin's Nightmare is a look at the economic and social impact of one small decision made fifty years ago-the release of a bucket full of Nile Perch into Lake Victoria. Over time, these fish have eaten everything else in the lake, yet have also spawned a huge export business of whitefish fillets to Europe. The film records the huge cost this business has exacted on the Tanzanian community. They share in none of the profits and all of the consequences from a corrupt state, exploitation from overseas business interests and the collision of modern technology with a social infrastructure left in shambles by decades of war and poverty.

Without commentary from the filmmakers, or the popular "cut and paste" bombast of so many current documentarians, we are forced to draw our own conclusions. There are no villains among the people we meet on screen, yet everyone plays their role in a desperate human tragedy.

A real eye opener, maybe the closest many of us will ever get to the appalling conditions many endure the world over through no fault of their own save the place of their birth.

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