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Stolen Fish

Dir. Gosia Juszczak / UK, Poland, Spain / 2020 / 30’


New Faces


Director: Gosia Juszczak
Screenplay: Gosia Juszczak
Cinematography: Filip Drożdż
Editing: Adriana F. Castellanos
Sound: Igor Kłaczyński, Dariusz Wancerz
Music: ST Gambian Dream
Producers: Aleksandra Leszczyńska, Emilia Pluskota
Production: Minority Rights Group International, Gosia Juszczak in co-production with: Compassion in World Farming, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Oficina de Enlace Madrid
World sales: Gosia Juszczak, Minority Rights Group International
Language: English, Mandinka, Wolof



In Gambia, the smallest country of mainland Africa, fish are now being powdered up by Chinese corporations and exported to Europe and China to feed animals in industrial farming. As a result, Gambians are being deprived of their primary source of protein, overfishing is depleting marine ecosystems. The film follows Abou, Mariama and Paul, three Gambians who share intimate stories of the daily struggle, anger, hope and longing for their loved ones. For some, migration might be the only way out.


Sheffield Doc/Fest, One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Millenium International Film Festival, WATCH DOCS International Film Festival, Afrykamera (Special Mention), MiradasDoc, DOC EDGE International Documentary Film Festival, New Jersey International Film Festival, Norwegian Short Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Liberation Docfest, Cameroon International Film Festival, Livable Planet Film Festival, International Short Film Week Regensburg, Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa, One Country One Film, Gold Movie Awards, Moscow Shorts, Krakow Green Film Festival, Ecofalante, Człowiek w zagrożeniu, Sustainable Living Film Festival, Młodzi i Film - Koszaliński Festiwal Debiutów Filmowych, BNP Paribas Green Film Festival (Best Short Documentary, Best Polish Film)


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Gosia Juszczak
Polish documentary director based in Spain, a graduate of the DOK PRO – documentary directing course at the Wajda Film School in Warsaw, Poland. In her documentary work, Gosia focuses on issues of social importance, migration and borders. Her last documentary, “Stolen Fish”, was ranked by “VICE Magazine” as one of the 10 most radical films to see at Sheffield Doc/Fest and received a Special Mention at the Afrykamera Film Festival “for a brilliant presentation of the complexity of the issues of globalization, environment and migration in a nutshell, as well as for a complete departure from the pro-Western perspective.” Selected for the Oscar®-qualifying Doc Edge Film Festival (New Zealand) and MiradasDoc (Spain), among 23 other film festivals. Her short documentary "Videonotes: Ethnoligue", portraying a multicultural amateur football league, was nominated to the "Off Discovery of the Year" award by Polish film portal “Stopklatka”. “The Cargo Women of Melilla”, a take on a slave-like work of Moroccan women on the Southern EU border, was showcased within the Novara Docs series. Apart from her filmmaking career, Gosia is a journalist, translator and public speaker as former Human Rights observer in the Middle East. As a journalist she wrote about such underreported issues as the evictions of Kenya's indigenous Sengwer community or the struggle of the Nubian minority in Kenya.




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