Saturday, 18 May 2019

Oceans I and Oceans 2 - two penetrating films that expose the darker side of the fishing in the North East Atlantic and beyond.

French filmmaker Mathilde Jounot gets to the heart of the biggest issue to do with fishing - the impact of NGOs, there work and who funds them and why. She could just as easily have included 'voices of the invisibles' from the UK fishing industry for her work.

Three years ago, 'Ocean 1 - Voices of the Invisibles' was first shown to shocked audiences across France and beyond.

Oceans 1 begged the question, Should fish feed people or financial markets?

The documentary followed the journey of a filmmaker who is preparing a report on the disappearance of marine species, the dramatic situation of the seas. But through her research, she discovered that behind these alarmist messages are hiding large financial stakes. Is the protection of the environment the only objective of certain environmental NGOs? Do they have other ambitions on the oceans?

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Following the first Oceans film, 'Voice of the Invisibles', which alerted the financial powers in the oceans' environmental management, 'Oceans 2, Voice of the Invisibles' shows how professionals from the sea, from the Brittany coast to those of the Indian Ocean and Africa, are organising to protect the oceans and the populations that depend on them.

Watch the sequel below: Oceans 2, Voice of the Invisibles:

After the alert on the control of the oceans, the director Mathilde Jounot exposes the constructive action of fishermen in Oceans 2, the voice of the invisible ones.

"Fishermen have solutions, it's time for them to talk," says director Mathilde Jounot. His film Oceans, the voice of the invisible in early 2016 warned, bravely, the game of financial powers in the environmental management of the oceans. Three years later, "This second part speaks of the citizens who organise themselves in the face of these threats. It brings together alternatives, to share. "Premiered on March 30 at the international festival of fishermen of the world, it comes out on the screens this Thursday, May 16. Between zones of cantonment for the lobsters, biological rest, reseeding in lobsters and scallops, reforestation of the mangrove ... this film shows initiatives inexpensive, which bear fruit that it is for the fish, shells and crustaceans. And especially for all those who depend on it on a daily basis. The director thus delivers a real tool for disseminating good practices, to seize.

"Oceans, the voice of the invisible", an edifying film
A review from the French maritime newspaper, Le Marin:

Uplifting, the investigative film Oceans, the voice of the invisible , Mathilde Jounot, shows the troubled motives of environmental NGOs positioning themselves for the protection of oceans and fish.

Starting point, the disappearance of marine species and the dramatic situation of the seas widely denounced by these NGOs. "If that's to say this bullshit ..." , Robert Bouguéon, the former fisherman, runs away at his interview on the quays of Saint-Guénolé. The alarmist messages are being swept away by others pointing to the drastic reduction in fishing pressure, at least in the North-East Atlantic, which was over-exploited until the early 2000s, and the current rebuilding of fish stocks.

This documentary shows that behind environmentalist positions are hiding big financial stakes. With a few clicks on the internet and excerpts from their speeches, one should not look far to see the direct links between transnational private companies, banks and NGOs. Neither their influence mechanisms nor their mode of operation by investing in ocean conservation for maximum benefit, through compensation and extraction of other resources than fisheries management. Via, for example, the purchase of debts from developing countries against the stranglehold on large marine protected areas.

Deficit of democracy

But above all, the director puts her finger on a big deficit of democracy. Corporations, international organisations and NGOs are now actors in global governance, to the detriment of states. It is not so much their business that is shocking, as the absence of political control over these actors claiming to represent civil society. To the detriment of the sea workers, denounce specialists of these questions, who found their megaphone.

How can citizens reinvest the oceans, fishermen continue to fish? By associating them with the management of the resource, everywhere. Seychelles, Indonesia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Uganda ... fishing communities have the same demands: do not exclude them from decisions about their fishing grounds. "They are thousands to fight. " Comforting after the heavy blow. To be heard and followed, Mathilde Jounot works to raise awareness among the general public, preparing an English version for international distribution.