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Darwin's nightmare

Author: Hubert SauperEdouard MauriatAntonin SvobodaMartin GschlachtHubert TointAll authors
Publisher: [Paris] : Mille Et Une Productions ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The biggest tropical lake on earth, source of the river Nile, is Lake Victoria in western Tanzania. Deep in the heart of Africa--said to be the birthplace of humankind--is ground zero for the post-colonial exploitation of Africa by the developed world and the forces of globalization. Westerners introduced Nile perch into the lake in the 1960s. In the years since, it ate everything in sight, decimated 213 separate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Foreign films
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Documentary
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Hubert Sauper; Edouard Mauriat; Antonin Svoboda; Martin Gschlacht; Hubert Toint; Celluloid Dreams (Firm); Mille et Une Productions.; Coop99 Filmproduktion.; Saga film (Firm : Brussels, Belgium); Centre national de la cinématographie (France); Filmfonds Wien.; Centre du cinéma et de l'audiovisuel (Brussels, Belgium); Arte (Firm); Westdeutscher Rundfunk.; Home Vision Entertainment (Firm); Image Entertainment (Firm)
OCLC Number: 123960475
Language Note: In English with occasional Russian and Swahili with English subtitles, optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Notes: Originally produced as an Austrian/Belgian/French documentary in 2004.
Special features: Theatrical trailer (2 min.); Interview with director Hubert Sauper (70 min.); Kisangani Diary [featurette] (1998) (42 min.).
Credits: Cinematography, Hubert Sauper ; editor, Denise Vindevogel ; artistic collaboration, Sandor Rieder ; field poet, Nick Flynn ; translators, Anna Artakor, Bertrand Brouder, Ivan Sergeijenko, Grace Sicard Mesupirr, Alexei Poliakov ; research advisors, Erik G. Jansen, Gabriel Finkelstein, Tijs Goldschmidt, Les Kaufman, Martin van der Knaap, Frans Witte.
Performer(s): Elizabeth Maganga Nsoso, Raphael Tukiko Wagara, Dimond Remtulla, Marcus Nyoni, Sergey Samarets, Jonathan Nathanael, Msafiri Habat, Dima Rogonov, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jura Biriuchev, Stanislav Ivanchencko, Jakob Maiseli, Lalit Malhotra, Shadard Mkono, Cloopa Kaijago, Cees Goudswaard, Richard Mgamba.
Awards: Winner, 2004 Vienna Film Award: Hubert Sauper, Viennale; Label Europa Cinemas: Hubert Sauper, Venice Film Festival
Target Audience: MPAA Rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC; Dolby digital 2.0 surround; widescreen presentation, preserving the 1.78:1 aspect ratio of the theatrical exhibition; enhanced for 16:9 televisions.
Contents: Main title/Airstrip: Lake Victoria, Western Tanzania --
Marcus: Airport police officer --
Dima: Fish-cargo pilot --
Eliza: Girlfriend of many pilots --
Dimond: Factory owner --
Waiting for 55 tons of fish --
10 dollars a night --
Raphael: Protects the National Fisheries Institute --
Streets of "Fish City" --
Jonathan: The only painter in town --
Village of Kilimilite: 390 inhabitants --
Part of the big system --
Big, old Ilyushin --
Ito: One of "Thousand Island" --
IUCN International Ecological Congress, Kenya --
Maiseli: Fish-quality controller --
Faces of famine --
Eliza died --
Talk of war --
Congo/Zaire, Angola --
Business --
End credits.
Other Titles: Kisangani diary.
Responsibility: Celluloid Dreams ; Mille Et Une Productions, Coop99, Saga Film present ; avec la participation du Centre National de la Cinématographie - France ; Filmfonds Vienna, Centre du Cinéma et de L'Audiovisuel de la Communuaté Francaise de Belgique et des Téléditributeurs Wallons ; in association with Arte and WDR ; a film directed and written by Hubert Sauper ; producers, Edouard Mauriat, Antonin Svoboda, Martin Gschlacht, Hubert Toint, Hubert Sauper ; a film by Hubert Sauper ; a coproduction of Mille Et Une Productions, Coop 99 Filmproduktion, Saga Film.
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The biggest tropical lake on earth, source of the river Nile, is Lake Victoria in western Tanzania. Deep in the heart of Africa--said to be the birthplace of humankind--is ground zero for the post-colonial exploitation of Africa by the developed world and the forces of globalization. Westerners introduced Nile perch into the lake in the 1960s. In the years since, it ate everything in sight, decimated 213 separate species, destroyed thousands of years of evolution, and turned the world's largest tropical lake into a barren sinkhole. This film examines the chilling chain of causality linking this catastrophe to the Tanzanian fish-processing industry, which relies on the wholesale netting, stripping, and shipping of these fish, while delivering few economic benefits to the Tanzanian people.

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