The Fish that Disappeared
Filmmaker: Bjørn Arntsen
Year of production: 2015
Duration: 39 minutes
Fifty years ago Lake Chad was one of the largest inland lakes of Africa. It was also extraordinarily well stocked with fish. Neither is the case anymore. Gudja and the other fishermen of the Gilam quarter of Blangua face great difficulty in surviving from fishing. But is it so, as claimed by some, that the reduced fish stocks of today can be explained by the lack of water? By joining Gudja and his fishing pals in their work out on the lake, and through encounters with traditional authorities and modern administration, the underlying causes of the fish scarcity are revealed.
Texts related to the film:
Arntsen, Bjørn : Aggravated Uncertainty in: Edges of Global Transformation edited by Håkon Fyhn, Harald Aspen, Anne Kathrine Larsen
Copyright: Études culturelles visuelles 2015, Université de Tromsø.