Full Frame: Nile Perch / A River Changes Course

10:30am - 12:35am Cinema 1
Economic in style and subject, Nile Perch is an austere, contemplative observation of Lake Victoria fishermen. Rendered in arresting black-and-white and hand-processed by Durham filmmaker Josh Gibson, the film reveals the practice and process of fishing in Africa’s largest lake, from morning catch to afternoon market to evening repast, all with intimate access yet respectful remove. “High contrast” may well describe the cinematography, but as the film evolves it seems that it also characterizes the results of a day’s work: what the fishermen must sell from their yield, and what remains for themselves. TM

Filmmaker Q&A following screening

How is land most valuable, as a renewable or commoditized resource? How is ownership determined? Who decides? Is convenience progress? Families scavenge for wild potatoes in a deforested landscape, fishing farther and farther from home as the river seems empty, bringing in a back-breaking rice harvest that doesn’t cover their debts. Musing on what comes next, and how to get there, it seems that there are only questions. Is an eldest child’s service to the family sacrifice, or an opportunity for autonomy? How important is education and how is its value quantified? The Tonle Sap River changes course twice a year, but when a family leaves its traditional path, will it still know how to be a family? A beautiful and heartbreaking vérité look at three families subsisting in (what may be the end of) rural Cambodia. CRE

Filmmaker Q&A following screening

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I got doubled up with Bukashi. If anyone wants the ticket let me know

    April 5, 2013

  • Henry H.

    continued from below

    THE TONLE SAP LAKE which results in an immense expansion of this hugh inland lake and nourishes the fishing industry?? Will one of the world's great inland fisheries be lost?
    YES, PERHAPS FOREVER.

    April 5, 2013

  • Henry H.

    the NILE PERCH has been an environmental disaster in Lake Victoria and other places in Africa where it's voracious feeding has devastated fish stocks.
    I was in Cambodia for 43 days in 2004. A healthy male farm worker in many areas earns about 40 cents a day. And you could buy low quality rice at the same price they pay if you bought a 100# sack at a large Chinese food store in NYC or San Francisco. Poor landowners who go into debt to buy meds to treat very ill kids,etc. are losing their land. I ventured out to a village and dug an irrigation ditch while my girlfriend checked which of the 4 malaria parasites that infect humans are prevalent and drug resistant on both sides of the border with Vietnam. Leaving, the villagers tried to hire me to stay, starting at $.25 and finally $1.50 for a day.
    TONLE SAP LAKE- will dams being built upstream on the MEKONG in China diminsh the MEKONG'S FLOW so that at flood stage it no longer reverses the flow of the TONLE SAT RIVER INTO (cont. in )

    April 5, 2013

  • Shawna

    This film is now sold out.

    April 2, 2013

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