Technical informations :
French, Austrian, Belgian documentary film.
Release date: 02 Mars 2005
Directed by Hubert Sauper
Duration: 1h 47min.
Original title: Darwin's nightmare
The shores of the world's largest tropical lake, considered the cradle of humanity, are today the scene of globalization's worst nightmare.
In Tanzania in the 60s, the Nile Perch, a voracious predator, was introduced to Lake Victoria as a scientific experiment. Since then, virtually all native fish populations have been wiped out. From this ecological disaster arose a successful industry, as the white flesh of the huge fish was successfully exported throughout the northern hemisphere.
Fishermen, politicians, Russian pilots, industrialists and European commissioners are the actors in a drama that transcends the borders of the African country. In the sky, in fact, huge cargo planes from the former USSR form an incessant ballet above the lake, thus opening the door to a completely different trade to the south: that of arms.
Hubert Sauper shows how globalization becomes the last stage of human evolution, and how the law of the strongest, applied to the economic and social system, generates ecological and human catastrophes ...