Ghost Fleet

Shannon Service / Jeffrey Waldron

United States 2018, 90 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Burmese, English, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai

Subtitles: English

Remarkable and beautifully shot documentary about modern slavery in Thailand. Thousands of men are forced to work day and night on fishing boats, unpaid, abused and often away from home for months or years. Activist Patima Tungpuchayakul works to help former slaves and to expose to the world the dark underbelly of an industry worth millions.

Synopsis

Thailand is one of the world’s biggest seafood suppliers, but overfishing is emptying the once-abundant Thai seas. Ships need to head out farther from shore to make their quota, sometimes sailing for years in a row. As a result, people are less and less interested in pursuing fishing professions, so the Thai seafood industry is facing a huge shortage of fishermen. Human traffickers see an opportunity and kidnap people from the surrounding countries. Young boys, sometimes barely in their teens, are scooped up from Cambodia and Myanmar and sold to fishing companies. These kidnap victims are forced to work on ships under harsh conditions for years. Anyone who refuses gets beaten, locked up or even murdered.

The film follows Patima, who runs an organization from Bangkok that offers assistance to former slaves. Accompanied by a group that includes Tun Lin, who was kidnapped at age 14 and forced to work on a fishing boat for eleven years, Patima undertakes an expedition to Indonesia. There she hopes to find a number of former slaves who are hiding on some islands near the coast, in order to take them home and reunite them with their families.

Patima Tungpuchayakul was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

Ghost Fleet has been selected for the Activist competition and will be screened at Movies that Matter Festival 2019 (22-30 March, The Hague).

Official website: http://www.oceans8films.com/ghost-fleet

Credits

Productions:

Vulcan Productions

info@vulcanproductions.com ; info@vulcan.com

+1 206 342 2277

www.vulcanproductions.com

World sales:

Oceans 8 Films

www.oceans8films.com

Talkshows & debates

Ghost Fleet: Q&A with activist Patima Tungpuchayakul and director Shannon Service

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 17:00

Journalist Sophie Derkzen speaks with Patima Tungpuchayakul and director Shannon Service about where our fish comes from.

Ghost Fleet: Q&A with activist Patima Tungpuchayakul and director Shannon Service

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 16:30

Gastronomic host Guus Thijssen talks with activist Patima Tungpuchayakul, director Shannon Service, director of the Good Fish Foundation Christien Absil and deputy director Environmental Justice Founda

Ghost Fleet: Q&A with activist Patima Tungpuchayakul and director Shannon Service

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 16:30

Q&A with activist Patima Tungpuchayakul, director Shannon Service and Anouk Franck (Oxfam Novib) about the dark side of the fish industry worth millions.

Ghost Fleet: Q&A with activist Patima Tungpuchayakul and director Shannon Service

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 21:00

Q&A with activist Patima Tungpuchayakul and director Shannon Service about Patima’s motivation for her impressive work as slave liberator moderated by journalist Bianca-Olivia Nita.