Aroview: A chilling expose of ecological disaster and Western exploitation in Tanzania, Africa - centred around the foolish introduction of Nile perch fish to Lake Victoria in the 1960s.
This move was meant to create a new local industry, based on demand by Europeans for the fish, but instead it wiped out native species, was exploited by unscrupulous middlemen, and led to poverty for many previously self-sufficient Tanzanians, whose villages are now riddled with AIDS and drug abuse. Meanwhile, the planes which ship out the fish, arrive laden with Western weaponary to help stoke regional conflicts... Dir. Sauper unfolds with deadly objectivity the moral and economic equations of globalisation. One of the best documentary exposes of recent years, this is a non-polemical masterpiece.
5 stars (Exceptional) The first-person POV brings coherence and a compelling diversity of situations, people and places (albeit the antithesis of the idealised Lonely-Planet / National Geographic road-trip). The open edit leaves room for the viewer to form their own opinions.~NDK