The word "slavery" is so far away from everyday life for most of us that it is just a slightly unusual term. But as I write this, millions of people all over the world are made into slaves who live in a kind of parallel reality we never see. Ghost Fleet takes up slavery in our modern times and is Sharon Services' first feature film.
The film won the Activist Documentary Award at the Dutch Film Festival Movies That Matter earlier this year. It is a documentary about tragedy and courage that tells the story of slaves working as fishermen in Southeast Asia, and the brave Thai activist Patima, who dares to fight for their cause.
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Thailand has a fishing industry worth billions, but after decades of overfishing, fishing boats have to sail further out than before, and often fishermen have to be at sea for months on end. Thai men are no longer interested in fishing, because wages are low and they must be very. . .