Darwin's nightmare

Hubert Sauper, France, 2004

107 min.Documentary

Some time in the 1960's, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria in the heart of Africa as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world.
Huge ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo. Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent.
This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created a globalized alliance on the shores of the world's biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots.
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Original title Darwin's nightmare
Danish title Darwins mareridt
Keywords Living conditions, Fishing Industry, Tanzania, Prostitution, Street children, AIDS
Director Hubert Sauper
Screenplay Hubert Sauper
Director of Photography Hubert Sauper
Editor Denise Vindevogel
Sound Veronika Hlawatsch
Production country France, Austria, Belgium
Production company Mille et Une Productions, Coop99 Filmproduktion
Domestic distribution Sunrise Film Distribution
International sales
Technical info 35 mm, 1,85:1 - Widescreen, color, Dolby, SRD
Danish theatrical release 18.11.2005
Cinemas Vester Vov Vov, Gloria, Øst for Paradis (Århus)
Find more Sight & Sound Vol XV, nr 7 (July 2005); p 46, 48
Filmens danske hjemmeside:
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Mille et Une Productions, Coop99 Filmproduktion
Domestic distribution Sunrise Film Distribution


Direction Hubert Sauper


Script Hubert Sauper


Production Edouard Mauriat
Production Antonin Svoboda
Production Martin Gschlacht
Production Hubert Toint
Production Hubert Sauper


Cinematography Hubert Sauper


Editing Denise Vindevogel


Sound Veronika Hlawatsch

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