Friday, February 17, 2012
Darwin's Nightmare (2004) by Hubert Sauper is like a disaster movie, non-fiction style. Environmental atrocity in Tanzania accompanies hellish work and conditions for laborers in Lake Victoria fisheries, where aggressive non-native Nile perch have taken over the lake's ecosystem. The film shows a bleak future, but it seems to have been made by outsiders: they have a certain fascination with the local prostitutes, for example, and almost go out of their way to establish extra pessimism. Perhaps such beautiful footage of people-as-victims is more disturbing than informative.