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DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE

by Hubert Sauper

synopsis

During the sixties, the Nile Perch, a voracious predator, was introduced into Lake Victoria, in Tanzania, as a scientific experiment. Since then, practically all the lake’s indigenous fish have been wiped out. A lucrative industry was born of this ecological disaster, for the white flesh of the enormous fish is successfully exported throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Fishermen, politicians, Russian pilots, prostitutes, industrialists and European commissioners are all actors in this drama that extends beyond the borders of this African country. Huge cargo planes from the former Soviet Union create a constant ballet in the sky above the lake, thereby also opening doors to the South for another business: arms trading.

international title: Darwin's Nightmare
original title: Darwin's Nightmare
country: France, Austria, Belgium
sales agent: Celluloid Dreams
year: 2004
genre: documentary
directed by: Hubert Sauper
film run: 107'
release date: AT 21/01/05, FR 02/03/05, IT 10/03/06, BE 23/03/05, ES 01/07/05
screenplay: Hubert Sauper
cinematography by: Hubert Sauper, Alexander Rieder
film editing: Denise Vindevogel
producer: Edouard Mauriat, Antonin Svoboda, Martin Gschlacht, Hubert Toint
production: Mille et Une Productions, Coop99 Filmproduktion, Saga Film
backing: MEDIA Programme
distributor: Ad Vitam, Arsenal Filmverleih (DE), Filmladen (AT), Sunrise Film Distribution (DK), Ad Vitam (FR), Budapest Film (HU), Norwegian Film Institute (NO), Atalanta Filmes (PT), Folkets Bio (SE), Look Now ! (CH)

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