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  • :0976 1121
  • :September
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.83, September 2020


Review / FILMS

Hope, Despair, Courage

An award-winning film, made on a tight budget, captures in powerful images the complexities of small-scale fishers and fish processors in West Africa

This review is by Alain Le Sann (, Founder and President of the International Pêcheurs du Monde (Fishers of the World) film festival, Lorient, France, and translated from French by Gildas (

I’m in search of happiness. That’s how a young Guinean surprises us in the smoky atmosphere of a sardinella smoking oven in Casamance, Senegal, in a sequence from the film Poisson d’or, poisson africain. Thomas Grand and his friend Moussa Diop show us the price to pay for trying to make a living on this bustling beach. They give us a scalpel-sharp analysis of the complex realities of a temporary community that brings together, for six months of the year, men, women and children from all over West Africa, around the exploitation of fish.

The filmmakers deserve all the more merit because they made this film almost on a voluntary basis with a paltry budget. The film was released to the general public in 2018 at the Pêcheurs du Monde Film Festival in Lorient, France. Since then, it has seen extraordinary success, winning awards at some 20 festivals...

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