Fish & Men – The High Cost of Cheap Fish
Directors Darby Duffin, Adam Jones, USA
Director Christopher Smith, USA, Malaysia
documentary Fish & Men has an early talking interview with a broke fisherman who says that getting food from the sea was an honorable and noble profession until recently. Now he and other fishermen with small fishing boats are in an impossible competition against huge multinational fishing trawlers. One of America's oldest port cities, picturesque Gloucester in Massachusetts, has been hit hard by the fishing crisis.
There are fish in the sea, but not the few food fish that consumers prefer to eat. The film sheds light on many reasons for the misery that has befallen fishermen. Consumers' expectation of cheap dinner is often a popular explanation from the industry, but is not the only reason. The consequence of the fishing industry's reckless pursuit of profit is an ocean empty of food fish and local communities without sustainability.
The film is simple and unpretentious in its design language.
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