About Darwin’s Nightmare
- Year Released:
- Directed by Hubert Sauper
This film screening will be preceded at 2:30 p.m. by an introduction by Director Hubert Sauper, who will provide context and perspective regarding the film's themes. The film presentation of Darwin's Nightmare
will begin at 3 p.m. Sauper will also participate in a post-film Q&A.
Some time in the 1960's, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world. Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo… Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent. This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world’s biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots. Director Hubert Sauper is scheduled to be present.
2:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction to the Seminar
2:30 p.m. Filmmaker Hubert Sauper introduces Darwin's Nightmare
3:00 p.m. Darwin's Nightmare screening begins
A Q&A with filmmaker Hubert Sauper will follow the screening.
The complete seminar schedule for "Capturing the Imagination: Independence and the Claim to Rights" can be accessed here.