16-22 November 2015

Darwin's Nightmare

Hubert Sauper

Country: France, Austria, Belgium
Year: 2004
Format: 35 mm
Length: 107 min
Image: Colour
Language: Swahili, Russian, English
Subtitles: Spanish

Production company: Mille et une productions, coop99 filmproduktion, Saga Film
Producer: Edouard Mauriat , Antonin Svoboda, Martin Gschlacht, Barbara Albert, Hubert Toint, Hubert Sauper
Screenplay: Hubert Sauper
Photography: Hubert Sauper
Editor: Denise Vindevogel
Sound: Veronika Hlawatsch, Cosmas Antoniadis


“A harrowing, indispensable film, framed by the arrival and departure of an enormous Soviet-made cargo plane at an airstrip outside Mwanza, Tanzania. The plane will leave for Europe carrying 55 tons of processed fish caught by Lake Victoria fisherman and filleted at a local factory. The investigation of the economy and ecology around the lake ranges far and wide, but we keep coming back to a simple question: What do the planes bring to Africa? They leave behind a scene of misery and devastation that Darwin's Nightmare presents as the agonised human face of globalisation.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times