the Sea of Greed
Colour, 44 mins)
fishing communities around the world are under threat of mass
by the industrial fishing practices of gigantic factory ships.
Private capital, with the aid of international lending agencies,
on a mindless offensive to catch fish in quantities unheard of
frightening abuse of the seas has been actively promoted by governments
in the developing world, as territorial waters are handed over to
transnational corporations to meet debt obligations. Further, agencies
like the World Bank have promoted aquaculture prawn farming as a
foreign currency earner in the Third World.
victims are poverty-stricken rice growers and fishing communities.
Salination of ground water causes a scarcity of fresh drinking water
as waste from prawn farms are emptied into nearby rivers and other
fresh water bodies. Within years, large stretches of land are abandoned
as unfit for agriculture.
in the Sea of Greed documents the response of one fishing community
in India to the "rape and run" industries that have begun to dominate
their livelihood and decimate their environment. Under the leadership
of the National Fishworkers Forum and the World Forum of Fishworkers
and Fish Harvesters, workers are fighting not only for their jobs,
but for the survival of the world's coastal communities and ecosystems.
"Conveying the sense of passionate urgency implicit
in such a collective life, "Fishing in the Sea of Greed" embodies
an empathetic symbiosis between film-maker and subject.”
Ranjit Hoskote, The Hindu
"With Fishing in the Sea of Greed, Anand has been able to
mesh together events that concern a community with a proximity & transparence
that touches an immediate inner chord."
Signe Byrge Sorensen, Zebra News, Media Mail
Camera, Editing - Anand Patwardhan
Additional Camera - Simantini Dhuru
Sound - Simantini Dhuru, Shankar Borua