Darwin’s Nightmare

Africa has always been like a self-service store for the West: slavery, colonization and globalisation. In the 1960s the fish species Nile Perch was introduced into Lake Victoria in East Africa. Three decades on, the predator has managed to extinguish the entire stock of native fish species. The outcome is an abundance of this large fish. And the fish fillet trade booms. Now cargo aeroplanes daily export the fillets to northern industrialised countries. But these aircraft do not arrive empty-handed – they are stocked with weapons. Because in Africa the weapons trade is as lucrative as the food trade.  

A 2005
Regie: Hubert Sauper
107 min, Colour, 35mm, Original with German subtitles
Academy Awards Nomination for „Best Documentary Feature“

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