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Ghost Fleet
Directed by
Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron

USA / 2018 / 3.75

None apply
Thai, Burmese, Bahasa, English

Screening Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
10/14/2018, 3:00PM
10/11/2018, 7:30PM

Ghost Fleet tells a striking story of survival and redemption in the global seafood industry. The film follows a small group of activists who risk their lives to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world’s insatiable appetite for seafood. Facing illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Thai abolitionist Patima Tungpuchayakul and her team embark on a hauntingly beautiful quest through remote Indonesian island jungles where enslaved men eke out survival and yearn to return home. Patima is fearlessly committed to justice and to bringing back these “lost” men. She rouses her nation and the world to the plight of these captives who go months, sometimes years, without setting foot on land. They earn little to no pay to provide sushi, pet food, and shrimp cocktail for consumers around the world.
First-time director Shannon Service found the story of fishing slaves and the Thai woman who had made it her mission to rescue them as a reporter for National Public Radio.
Executive Producer(s): Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Jannat Gargi, Rocky Collins, Shari Sant Plummer, Shannon Joy, Julia Ormond, Geralyn Dreyfous
Producer(s): Jon Bowermaster, Shannon Service
Director(s): Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron
Screenwriter(s): none
Cinematographer(s): Jeffrey Waldron
Editor(s): Parker Laramie
Composer(s)/Music: Mark Degli Antoni
Sound Designer(s): Mac Smith, Skysound


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