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Darwin's Nightmare


Lake Victoria
Versions of this FilmLanguage (Type)
Darwin's NightmareEnglish (original)Wo gibt's den Film?
Darwins AlptraumGerman (subtitled)Wo gibt's den Film?
The shores of the world’s largest tropical lake, considered to be the cradle of humanity, are today the stage of globalization’s worst nightmare.

During the sixties, the Nile perch, a voracious predator, was introduced into Lake Victoria, in Tanzania, as a scientific experiment.
Since then, practically all the lake’s indigenous fish have been wiped out. A lucrative industry was born of this ecological disaster, for the white flesh of this enormous fish is successfully exported throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

Fishermen, politicians, Russian pilots, prostitutes, industrialists and European commissioners are all actors in this drama that extends beyond the borders of this African country.

Huge cargo planes from the former Soviet Union create a constant ballet in the sky above the lake, thereby also opening doors to the South for another business: arms trading.
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Runtime (in min.):107
Aspect Ratio:1:1.85
Soundformat:Dolby Digital
Year Of Production:2004
Countries of Production:Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Sweden
World Premiere: 01.09.2004 Venice Film Festival
People featured in the FilmTypeComment
Elizabeth 'Eliza' Maganga Nseseinterviewee 
Raphael Tukiko Wagarainterviewee 
Dimond Remtuliainterviewee 
Marcus Nyoniinterviewee 
Sergey Samaretsinterviewee 
Jonathan Nathanaelinterviewee 
Msafiri 'Safiri' Habatinterviewee 
Dima Rogonovinterviewee 
Vladimir Tarasenkointerviewee 
Jura Biriuchevinterviewee 
Stanislav Ivanchenkointerviewee 
Jakob Maiseliinterviewee 
Lalit Malhotrainterviewee 
Shadard Mkonointerviewee 
Cleopa Maijageinterviewee 
Cees Goudswardinterviewee 
Richard Mgambainterviewee 
Naomie Johninterviewee 
Gloria Jusophinterviewee 
Angela Paulinterviewee 
Catherine Paulinterviewee 
Kaban Agustineinterviewee 
Thomas Alexinterviewee 
Njipl Arnosiinterviewee 
Juma John Assumaninterviewee 
Joseph Frenkeinterviewee 
Neema Gondointerviewee 
Frenk Harunainterviewee 
Shabani Husseninterviewee 
Silianus Jamesinterviewee 
Doroca Johninterviewee 
Alex Josephinterviewee 
Juma Josephinterviewee 
Mzee Masanjainterviewee 
Gwassa Masubukointerviewee 
Abdarah Mitiinterviewee 
Alex Musasavinterviewee 
Bane Mussainterviewee 
Jema Mussainterviewee 
Chacha Mwitainterviewee 
Josephu Ngunointerviewee 
Maga Nurtainterviewee 
Ramadhan Selfinterviewee 
Malatiro Williaminterviewee 
Hubert Sauperinterviewee 
Sweden: 7Iceland: LCzech Republic: 15
Singapore: PGHungary: 16Argentina: A13
Netherlands: 12New Zealand: MSwitzerland: 16 (canton of Geneva)
Switzerland: 16 (canton of Vaud)Canada: 14A (Alberta)Australia: M
: Spain:13Germany: 12
Festivals & Award CeremonyYearStatusAward
Academy Awards2006nominatedBest Documentary, Features
Angers European First Film Festival2005wonEuropean Jury Award - Feature Film
César Awards2006wonBest First Work
Entrevues Film Festival2004wonAudience Award - Documentary
European Film Awards2004wonBest Documentary Award
Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival2005wonAudience Award - Best Documentary Feature
Sydney International Film Festival2005wonFIPRESCI Prize
Venice Film Festical2004wonLabel Europa Cinemas
Viennale2004wonVienna Film Award
Shooting Location: 
Shooting LocationsComment
TanzaniaLake Victoria
Mwanza, Tanzania
Lake; Environment; Pollution; Death; Fish; Predator; Animals; Industry; Russia
Society & Social Life, OSCAR - Nominierte u. Gewinner, Animals, Fishes & Marine Fauna, Nature, Environment & Ecology, Nature & Man, Climate Change / Global Warming