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.
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There's no one making films like this, with the cinematic eloquence of Bergman or Bresson, using nothing but harrowing reality. A breathtakingly graceful & elegant descent into the fetid, decaying, body behind neoliberalism's grinning plastic face. Sauper, w/ exceptional clarity, takes us step by implicating, nauseating step, deep into our system's "externalities". Sensitively, with humility. W/out causing more harm.
Ignorance is bliss. I find myself moving from feeling distant, close and back again to this cliche. Sometimes I can look back on life and see 'how far I've come' to be aware, involved, critical, and most importantly authentic. In these times I am distant from the bliss. Last night, watching 'Darwin's Nightmare' I found myself uncomfortably close to that bliss. This is our world, our time.
One of the strangest and most affecting films I've ever seen. It begins with a skirmish between an air traffic controller and a bee buzzing madly against the windows of a control tower somewhere in Tanzania, and somehow winds up connecting the seediest mechanisms of globalism. Sauper has said his intention was "to make a film about the logic of our time. And it's a very weird logic." An important film....
Very difficult to watch at times - but worth it of course. The cinematography is so simple and great, the proximity between Sauper and his subjects often felt very tender. The most memorable scene for me is when Eliza sings with the repulsive Russian man behind her.