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Issue No:68
  • :0973–1121
  • :August
  • :2014

With a View of the Sea

October, and the sea this morning
rests its cheek against the quays;
the pattering upon the awning’s
seeds of the acacia trees,
keeping a beat. The blazing sun
is hoisting up out of the sea
a piercing stare that doesn’t burn,
just as the rowers sculling by
pierce the water, gazing up
at one far snowy mountaintop.

—from With a View of the Sea by Joseph Brodsky,
translated from the Russian
by Glyn Maxwell and Zakhar Ishov


No Fishy Screen Presence

This year's ‘Fishermen of the World’ film festival at Lorient, France, portrayed a wide range of fishers, their communities—and their problems

This article, by Alain Le Sann (, an ICSF Member, has been translated into English by Danièle Le Sann

Fishermen have become slaves.” These are the words uttered by a Polish fisherman in the film Fishermen, made by Viktoria Marinov, a young Polish filmmaker, which received an award from the jury at this year's Lorient film festival, billed ‘Fishermen of the World’. Strangely enough, this reality was a theme echoed in many of the other films screened at the festival, including the ones that received awards.

Every year, the festival screens about 40 films—fictional narratives, documentaries and reports. Many of them describe situations of dramatic crises facing communities humiliated and deprived of their rights. Others testify to the fishworkers’ capacity to resist. What stands out in all these portrayals is the fishers' passion for the sea and a specific way of life, far from daily routine, where they—both men and women—are called on to work intelligently. Through these fishing activities, the films offer a view of society, human...

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