Film: Canning Paradise
Österreich-Premiere im Rahmen von Crossroads
AUS, 2012, 90 min, English OV
Directed by: Olivier Pollet
Decades of overfishing by the global tuna industry have pushed the final frontiers to the waters of Papua-New-Guinea. In the 1950′s the world was fishing out 400 000 tons of tuna. Today this number is close to 4 million. And it comes at a high cost. A human cost, now affecting the last places on earth uncovering the full impact of globalisation.
Set in “the land of the unexpected”, in the North-Eastern part of Papua-New-Guinea, Canning Paradise follows the struggle of tribes to protect their sacred way of life, guarded by traditions dating back thousands of years. They see their ancestral land taken away to make way for multinational corporations, in their quest to create the new tuna capital of the world or the first special economic zone in the country.
Destruction of traditional fishing grounds, loss of bio-diversity, alienation of land, displacement of entire villages, sweatshop factories, sex-trade for fish and endemic corruption in government are the daily routine for the clans living next to the tuna project. Many have lost hope. Others are fighting for survival. What happens when people are told to trade their foundations of life for a few cents paid work on cannery floors to feed the world’s biggest export markets? How does a nation, which is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, deal with a resource curse? Why, in the most peaceful communities of Papua-New-Guinea, does conflict loom at every corner, in the shadows of a new Bougainville crisis?