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Darwin's Nightmare (2004)

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.

Director:

Hubert Sauper

Writer:

Hubert Sauper
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth 'Eliza' Maganga Nsese Elizabeth 'Eliza' Maganga Nsese ... Self - Pilots' girlfriend, singer
Raphael Tukiko Wagara Raphael Tukiko Wagara ... Self - Night guard
Dimond Remtulia Dimond Remtulia ... Self - Fish factory owner
Marcus Nyoni Marcus Nyoni ... Self - Airport police officer
Sergey Samarets Sergey Samarets ... Self - Ilyushin-76 captain
Jonathan Nathanael Jonathan Nathanael ... Self - Young painter
Msafiri 'Safiri' Habat Msafiri 'Safiri' Habat ... Self - One-legged street boy
Dima Rogonov Dima Rogonov ... Self - Singing pilot
Vladimir Tarasenko Vladimir Tarasenko ... Self - Air navigator
Jura Biriuchev Jura Biriuchev ... Self - Freight supervisor
Stanislav Ivanchenko Stanislav Ivanchenko ... Self - Radio engineer
Jakob Maiseli Jakob Maiseli ... Self - Fish-quality controller
Lalit Malhotra Lalit Malhotra ... Self - Simba Plastics salesman
Shadard Mkono Shadard Mkono ... Self - Fishing camp leader
Cleopa Kaijage Cleopa Kaijage ... Self - Reverend
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The larger scope of the story explores the gun trade to Africa that takes place under the covers -- Russian pilots fly guns into Africa, then fly fish back out to Europe. The hazards and consequences of this trade are explored, including the pan-African violence propagated by constant flow of weapons into the continent. If it is a "survival of the fittest" world, as Darwin concluded, then the capitalist interests that fund the gun runners are climbing the evolutionary ladder on the backs of the Africans in this stark Darwinian example. Much like the foreseeable extinction of the Lake Victoria perch, and death of Lake Victoria itself, the Africans are in grave jeopardy, even as they survive in the only ways they know how. Written by Erin Willis <erindive@yahoo.com>

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A real eye-opener
30 November 2004 | by misseloisejSee all my reviews

This is a film that must be seen by anybody who is concerned about world issues. It is a real eye-opener that presents the situation in Tanzania exactly as it is. It doesn't make it easy for the viewer - the conclusion you come to is a painful one, after witnessing experiences that end up making you feel as though you are there with the characters.

The full details of each issue are not explored, but this is not a problem as you come away with a thorough overview of the whole scenario, the visions of people from all perspectives having been represented.

I especially liked the raw reality of the film; nowadays we are constantly presented with images of third world suffering that distance 'us' from 'them' - this film does not allow that sort of comfort thinking, but more highlights this issue as part of a colossal world injustice.


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Country:

Austria | Belgium | France | Germany

Language:

English | Russian | Swahili

Release Date:

21 January 2005 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Darwins Alptraum See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Victoria, Tanzania See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,072, 7 August 2005

Gross USA:

$203,746

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,981,713
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Dolby Digital | Dolby (Synchro Film, Austria)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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