For our (Un) Sustainable Fishing screening, presented in partnership with the Guelph Film Festival, we go in search of a balance between modern technology and environmental stewardship.
Guelph Film Festival (NOV 5-DEC 5, 2021)
The Guelph Film Festival is a documentary film festival dedicated to expanding the proliferation of voices and perspectives of all kinds through the presentation of stories that explore themes of social justice, the environment, and community building.
At Brixham quayside, workers hose down boats, gut fish and pack boxes as the sun rises over England’s south-west coast. But most of the fish landed here will be loaded onto trucks and sent straight to markets in France, Italy, Spain and Germany, as most British diners are put off by the fish with bones.
First Nations on southern Vancouver Island are working to protect their territorial waters, these young divers are leading the way... FINDING THE BALANCE.
Samuel has been fishing on Clement’s boat for about ten years now. Samuel’s dream is to become a captain and Clement is more than ready to retire. The two fishermen agree on the terms of the boat’s sale. HOMEPORT (PORT D’ATTACHE) shows that the road to this seemingly simple handover is actually a very tortuous one.
Filmed in the majestic but also dangerous vastness of the Chilean ocean, THE WOMEN AND THE SEA is a sensorial journey featuring two powerful women in a small fishing village. Gloria preserves the legacy of symbolic cemeteries for those lost at sea, while Julieta defies the looming presence of death as she works in the male dominated world of fishing.
Confronted with dwindling marine resources, small-scale fishermen join forces with environmental activists. Together, they fight against powerful industrial lobbies to ban electric pulse fishing, a highly efficient yet destructive fishing method. WATT THE FISH tells the story of ordinary people fighting tirelessly to maintain their traditional livelihoods and preserve sea life.
In this post-screening Q&A discussion, Rick Miller (Emcee) speaks with filmmakers Steve Sxwithul'txw & Camila Guarda, about the connection to the sea that First Nations' youth have to protecting their coastal territories, above and below the surface, and also how people in Chile who rely on fishing for their livelihood respect the ocean, especially via the perspective of women.
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