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The Damned Of The Sea

DIR: Jawad Rhalib
2008 / Belgium, Morocco / 70 min

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Once upon a time, not even all that long ago, Essaouira was the biggest harbour town in Morocco and had the largest sardine catch in the world. Now the sardines are scarce there and the fisherman are forced to make their way southwards to Dakhla, where the Western Sahara meets the Atlantic. But it's tough going there as well: European, Russian and Asian fishing companies are dragging the waters with their trawlers, so the locals often return home empty-handed. Director Jawad Rhalib shows the impact of the meagre catch on the rest of the town as well, from the grocer who watches his profits dwindle to the homeless woman who can forget about expecting any charity. With stories like these, it would seem obvious where Rhalib's sympathies lie, as well as our own. But he also shows the other side and accepts the Swedish captain he talks with for the man he is. Be that as it may, the Swede's complaints about the fishing industry in Europe and its excessive rules and quotas hardly seem as problematic as the social circumstances of the Moroccan fisherman.

About

Director Jawad Rhalib
Screenplay Jawad Rhalib
Dir. of Photography Olivier Pullincks
Editing Karima Saidi
Music Hassan Laarousi
Sound
Duration 70 min
Year 2008
Country Belgium, Morocco
Colour Colour
Tags Africa, engaged, social issues, work
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Festivals

2009 Best Documentary, International ...

2009 Best Documentary, International Panafrican Film Festival – Cannes
2009 Best documentary, 15th International Environmental Film Festival ENVIROFILM, Slovakia
2009 Audience-Award, Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland
Roma Independent Film Festival
International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam Nominated for special prize
Rainier III, Festival International de la Télévision de Monte Carlo

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