Darwin's Nightmare
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The African nation of Tanzania has a booming business selling fish to Europe, but its citizens live in a state of horrific poverty and degradation. Filmmaker Hubert Sauper uses his documentary Darwin's Nightmare to explore the lives of these people, and those who come from other countries to do business. As the film explains, sometime in the 1960s, some unknown party introduced Nile Perch into Lake Victoria, setting an ecological downward spiral in motion. The aggressively predatory fish consumed nearly every other species in the lake. The perch grew to enormous size, creating a booming… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie prefers to show snippets of life and let the audience make the connections. Many of these scenes prove memorable."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Darwin's Nightmare is an urgent, horrific, yet at times oddly blinkered vision of the crisis of modern Africa."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Contrasts European greed and decadence with the fallout visited upon Africa due to the relentless rape of its natural resources in the name of profit."
‑ Kam Williams, Black Collegian
"If Sauper wanted to dream up a metaphor for the corrosive effects of globalization, he couldn't think of one much better than the Nile perch."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It's kinda like science fiction -- one of those post-the-collapse-of-nature dystopias of the 1970s -- except it's real..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"If Sauper is fired up by anti-globalist conviction, his instincts as an artist and as a man rule out any kind of rhetoric or cheapness."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"In unflinching terms, it captures the hellish existence endured by the many so that the few may wallow in privilege."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"A film of intelligence and great empathy that examines the corrosive effects of imperialism on people often left off the pages of history's textbooks. A heartbreakingly great film."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Sauper's camera, which would fog up if it had tear ducts, looks over Tanzania's nastiness with gloomy forthrightness."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Hubert Sauper's brutal documentary is up for an Oscar, and it's easy to see why."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"The words Being poor is like being old are scrawled on the door of a shack; like this movie, it's a howl waiting to be heard."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It immerses you in its reality one toe at a time, until suddenly you are in over your head, gasping for air as the horror of the situation reveals itself in all its savage devastation."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"absolutely brave, unflinching"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"It's a heart-breaking cautionary tale for our times that is more a sociological tract than documentary."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sauter's illustration of economic Darwinism at its most primal and unforgiving is a harrowing vision of human life as collateral damage in the modern global economy."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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