Bay of Plenty # 162

Bay of Plenty

11:15, Saturday 15th June, CMB 3

rai 162 bay-of-plenty

  • Director/Anthropologist: Sjoerd van Gootheest
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Country of Production: South Africa
  • Location: Durban, South Africa
  • Ethnic Group: Durban Fisherman
  • Language: English

Durban, South Africa has a long and rich history of fishing from its shores. Two of the most popular fishing spots are two long piers on the beachfront. Approaching the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, the Durban municipality decided to refurbish the piers and closed them to the public. After completion the public was allowed back onto the piers but the fisherman were not. Through the personal stories of four Durban fishermen this film allows the audience an inside view of a group of fishermen in a socio-political struggle. They engage with the authorities and organize public action in the period of FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa. Throughout this observational documentary it remains the question whether they will truly be heard or not.

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