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Aro Favourite Darwin's Nightmare


Austria 2004, 111 minutes
Dir. Hubert Sauper
In English, Russian with English subtitles
Rating: [Exempt]
Genres: Documentary

Topics: Business, Eco-friendly, Educational Resource.


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.

NZ International Film Festival 2005

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DVD Features

  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 4:3

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