Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  45 minutes
Date:  1998
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Hindi / English subtitles
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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This title is included in the following collections: The Icarus Films Collection, The Sustainability Collection, The Global Studies Collection

Fishing in the Sea of Greed

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Documents the response of one fishing community in India to the 'rape and run' industrial-scale fishing that has begun to dominate their livelihood and decimate their environment.

Fishing in the Sea of Greed

Traditional fishing communities around the world are under threat of mass displacement by the industrial fishing practices of gigantic factory ships. Private capital, with the aid of international lending agencies, have embarked on a mindless offensive to catch fish in quantities unheard of until now.

This frightening abuse of the seas has been actively promoted by governments in the developing world, as territorial waters are handed over to transnational corporations to meet debt obligations. Further, agencies like the World Bank have promoted aquaculture prawn farming as a foreign currency earner in the Third World.

The primary victims are poverty-stricken rice growers and fishing communities. Salination of ground water causes a scarcity of fresh drinking water as waste from prawn farms are emptied into nearby rivers and other fresh water bodies. Within years, large stretches of land are abandoned as unfit for agriculture.

Fishing in the Sea of Greed documents the response of one fishing community in India to the 'rape and run' industries that have begun to dominate their livelihood and decimate their environment. Under the leadership of the National Fishworkers Forum and the World Forum of Fishworkers and Fish Harvesters, workers are fighting not only for their jobs, but for the survival of the world's coastal communities and ecosystems.

'Well photographed, realistic and forceful... introduces students to an important worldwide environmental problem, and to the creative ways local communities have met this threat through concerted non-violent political action. What most impresses the viewer is the picture of indigenous people struggling to survive and restore their livelihoods. Well worth showing to high school and undergraduate college classes interested in South Asia, in environmentalism, or in non-violent action as a political technique.'-Professor Emeritus Blair B. King, University of Illinois, for Asian Educational Media Service 'News and Reviews'


Main credits

Patwardhan, Anand (film director)
Patwardhan, Anand (film producer)
Patwardhan, Anand (cinematographer)
Patwardhan, Anand (film editor)

Other credits

Camera, Anand Patwardhan; editing, Anand Patwardhan.

Distributor credits

A Film by Anand Patwardhan

Docuseek2 subjects

Oceans and Coasts
Local Economies

Distributor subjects

Local Food
South Asia


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