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The African nation of Tanzania has a booming business selling fish to Europe, but its citizens live in a state of horrific poverty and degradation. Filmmaker Hubert Sauper uses his documentary Darwin's Nightmare to explore the lives of these people, and those who come from other countries to do business. As the film explains, sometime in the 1960s, some unknown party introduced Nile Perch into Lake Victoria, setting an ecological downward spiral in motion. The aggressively predatory fish consumed nearly every ...
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The African nation of Tanzania has a booming business selling fish to Europe, but its citizens live in a state of horrific poverty and degradation. Filmmaker Hubert Sauper uses his documentary Darwin's Nightmare to explore the lives of these people, and those who come from other countries to do business. As the film explains, sometime in the 1960s, some unknown party introduced Nile Perch into Lake Victoria, setting an ecological downward spiral in motion. The aggressively predatory fish consumed nearly every other species in the lake. The perch grew to enormous size, creating a booming business selling tons of filets to Europe. But few of the locals make a decent living from this thriving business. The fishermen and others work under dangerous conditions, earn subsistence wages, and are often unable to support their families. Those children live in the street, scavenging for food. The girls often become prostitutes, servicing the foreign pilots who bring in arms for conflicts in other regions, and fly out with the fish, leaving behind only the rotting carcasses and heads, which many of the locals cannot even afford to eat. As disease spreads and famine threatens, the ecology of the lake deteriorates, since the smaller fish that eat algae and waste are no longer there to maintain the water's purity. Darwin's Nightmare won a European Film Award for Best Documentary in 2004. The film was selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art for inclusion in the 2005 edition of New Directors/New Films.
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Special Features

Kisangani Diary: Darwin's Nightmare director Hubert Sauper discovers the last hiding place for thousands of Rwandan refugees in this award-winning documentary; Interview with the director ; Theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • UPC: 014381299625
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Homevision
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Hubert Sauper Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Screenwriter
Barbara Albert Producer
Cosmas Antoniadis Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Gschlacht Producer
Veronika Hlavatsch Sound/Sound Designer
Edouard Mauriat Producer
Sandor Rieder Asst. Director
Antonin Svoboda Producer
Hubert Toint Producer
Denise Vindevogel Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Darwin's Nightmare
1. Main Title; Airstop: Lake Victoria, Western Tanzania [6:13]
2. Marcus: Airport Police Officer [:44]
3. Dima: Fish-Cargo Pilot [1:11]
4. Eliza: Girlfriend of Many Pilots [4:12]
5. Dimond: Factory Owner [1:48]
6. Waiting for 55 Tons of Fish [3:38]
7. 10 Dollars a Night [1:57]
8. Raphael: Protects the National Fisheries Institute [5:19]
9. The Streets of "Fish City" [2:19]
10. Jonathan: The Only Painter in Town [5:08]
11. Village of Kilimilile... 390 Inhabitants [5:54]
12. Part of the Big System [9:30]
13. The Big, Old Ilyushin [2:40]
14. Ito: One of "Thousand Island" [6:10]
15. IUCN International Ecological Congress, Kenya [3:23]
16. Maiseli: Fish-Quality Controller [10:05]
17. Faces of Famine [13:41]
18. Eliza Died [2:20]
19. Talk of War [4:41]
20. Congo/Zaire, Angola [4:08]
21. The Business [8:41]
22. End Credits [1:36]
1. Introduction [3:02]
2. I. Destination: Ubundu [2:52]
3. II. Far From Rwanda [5:36]
4. III. Far From Here [3:05]
5. IV. Come Closer [7:20]
6. V. Follow the Noise [2:37]
7. VI. E.U. - Biscuits, U.S. - Peas [3:19]
8. VII. For an Eternity [7:05]
9. VIII. The Passenger [1:30]
10. IX. Last Days [3:21]
11. X. The End [1:49]
12. End Credits [:48]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Darwin's Nightmare
   Feature Start
   Scene Selection
   Extras
      Theatrical Trailer
      Interview With Director Hubert Sauper
      Kisangani Diary
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      Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: On
      Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Our Sorry State of the World

    This documentary is a microcosm on the sorry state of affairs of our world today... unending war, terrible famines, cataclysmic state of the environment, widening gap between depressingly poor and disgustingly rich, the AIDS crisis, and apathy on the part of the rulers of that country. It is not a consoling picture of what is in the world, but, unfortunately, is very accurate. And if we do not do something about this mess we (the human race) are currently in now we will be gone as a species and only the cockroaches will be left and rats.

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