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|FILM: Darwin's Nightmare|
|Date||Friday February 03|
|Time||7:30 PM - 8:30 PM|
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Unitarian Universalist Church-Main Hall
505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto, CA. http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?addr=505+e+charleston&csz=palo+alto%2C+ca&country=us&new=1&name=&qty=
During the 60s a new fish was introduced into Lake Victoria. Voraciously predatory, the Nile Perch multiplied rapidly, killing off almost the entire stock of native fish. Now the Nile Perch is exported all around the world, whilst the lakeside villagers who are completely dependent on the fishing industry for their living are too impoverished to afford to eat it.
Hubert Sauper's incisive documentary is a damning analysis of the global economic and political interests at play in one of Africa's most beautiful and fertile regions. Huge ex-Soviet cargo planes, which fly in to load up with fish, arrive packed with Kalashnikovs and ammunition for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent.
This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly 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. (107 min, 2004) For this film's website and reviews, go to http://www.coop99.at/darwins-nightmare.
In running for nomination for the Best Documentary, Academy Awards 2006 and winner of over 15 major international awards. A film not to be missed.
Speakers (for some films), discussion, socializing, and fair-trade drinks/snacks follow the screening. Part of a continuing series from World Centric. For a complete schedule of World Centric's ongoing film series, go to http://worldcentric.org/filmseries/winter2006.htm