Traveling Festival
Special Screenings

All at Sea

All at Sea

(9 minutes) Guinea/Sierra Leone/UK

Sunday, 10/31, 2:15pm (Session XXVII)

Director/Producer: Environmental Justice Foundation


In the year that the International Maritime Organization has designated "The Year of the Seafarer," a new film by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) All At Sea reveals extensive human rights abuses on board illegal fishing vessels. Worth up to $23.5 billion annually and accounting for up to 31% of the global catch, Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels are the seas' modern day pirates. Plundering fish stocks, devastating marine habitats, and depleting vital food sources for coastal communities to supply European and world markets, these vessels steal fish with impunity, exploiting legal loopholes that allow them to avoid adhering to global fisheries laws. On board, crew members face some of the worst working conditions on the planet. This film documents investigations into life on board these "pirate" fishing vessels, uncovering evidence of appalling working conditions, including retention of pay, a lack of proper employment contracts if any, poor to non-existent safety equipment, atrocious hygiene conditions, and inadequate food and accommodation standards, with crews working under the constant threat of physical violence, and in extreme cases murder. The "pirate" fishing industry is supplying world fish markets with catches that hold untold stories of suffering and devastation.


The Environmental Justice Foundation is a UK-based environmental and human rights charity that uses film to raise awareness and expose the results of investigations on human rights abuses and environmental damage. EJF makes a direct link between the need for environmental security and the defense of basic human rights. Working with grassroots organizations, EJF takes the concerns of those people who suffer the most from the consequences of environmental abuse to decision-makers—creating real change in industry practices to protect people and planet.

Contact Information:

Environmental Justice Foundation
1 Amwell Street
London EC1R 1UL
United Kingdom
E-mail: eleanor.church@ejfoundation.org
Web site: www.ejfoundation.org/page231.html

©2010 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)

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$100 a Day
The 10 Conditions of Love
All At Sea
The Bicycle
Children of Gaza
Climate Refugees
The Constitution Project: Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause
Crossing Hispaniola: Stories on Statelessness and Migration
The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
Dead End: Afghan Migrants
Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean
The Desert of Forbidden Art
Determined to Dance
Dreams Awake
Education on the Boat – Hope for Tomorrow
The First Kid to Learn English from Mexico
Home for Hawksbill
Home is Where You Find It
In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
Killing in the Name
The Last Elephants in Thailand
Let's Make Money
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Mrs. Goundo's Daughter
New American Soldier
The Old Immigrant's Dance
Oliviero Toscani - The Rage of Images
Our Summer in Tehran
Prayers for Peace
Presumed Guilty
Queen of the Sun
Rabbit a la Berlin
Rapping in Tehran
Rescuing Emmanuel
Satellite Queens
Scientists under Attack -
Genetic Engineering in the Magnetic Field of Money
Secrets of the Tribe
Sing China!
Slaves - An Animated Documentary
Stinking Ship
Strange Birds in Paradise - A West Papuan Story
There Once Was an Island
Three Songs About Motherland
Wahid's Mobile Bookstore
Waliden, Children of Others
War and Love in Kabul
War Don Don
Which Way Home
Who Killed Chea Vichea?
Without Country
World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements