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The Damned Of The Sea

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Year
2008
Country
  • Belgium
  • Morocco
Duration
70min
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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.

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  • Original title
    The Damned Of The Sea
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jawad Rhalib
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Olivier Pullincks
  • Editing
    Karima Saidi
  • Music
    Hassan Laarousi
  • Duration
    70 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2008
  • Country
    • Belgium
    • Morocco
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • 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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