by Feeney

I had the pleasure of attending a screening of Darwin’s Nightmare yesterday morning at Toronto’s HotDocs Festival.  If you haven’t heard of HotDocs, its a 10 day international documentary festival with more than 400 films being shown in theatres around Toronto.  The best part – if you are a student (or senior citizen) you can check out any of the screenings for free before 6pm!  How cool is that?!

The film that I saw was actually incredibly interesting.  Darwin’s Nightmare was directed by Hubert Sauper, and follows how the introduction of the Nile Perch into Lake Victoria (Africa) has changed the lives of the people in the areas surrounding the Lake.  The film looks at how the fishing industry affects the lives of everyone, and also explores the potential of weapons being brought into the country on planes sent to export the fish. Despite having an active fishing industry, the people of Tanzania are facing a famine because the fish that they catch in the lake are too valuable for them to eat themselves.  The film was touching and gut-wrenching at times, and did more than put a face to the exploitation of the fishing industry of developing countries by developed nations.  For a person studying Fisheries Management, this film really hit home and has given me a lot of think about. (Interested? check out the website

There are tons of other films to check out, and the variety is so great that there really is “something for everyone”.  If you like documentaries, then I really recommend checking out this festival!

Interested in checking out a film? Check here for a complete listing or check out the documentaries focused on Music and Musicians here