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THE FORGOTTEN SPACE

by Noël Burch, Allan Sekula

synopsis

The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster is the global supply chain, which leads the world economy to the abyss. The film follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. A visit to displaced farmers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. In Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.

international title: The Forgotten Space
original title: The Forgotten Space
country: Netherlands, Belgium
year: 2010
genre: documentary
directed by: Noël Burch, Allan Sekula
film run: 110'
production: Doc.Eye Film
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