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20 Jan 2011

Where have all the fish gone?

Perhaps inspired by this article, film maker Tom Fawthrop has been working his way up and down the mighty Mekong to gain an insight into the impact of upstream damming activity on the river.  This is primarily focused on the depletion of fish stocks and, ultimately, the livelihoods of some of the poorest people in the world who live along the river's banks.  It is aptly titled 'Where Have all the Fish Gone'.

In addition to the loss of food for vast numbers of people there are also many critically endangered species that once thrived in the Mekong, the Irrawaddy freshwater dolphin being one of them (Gilly's meeting with some here).

The film is being screened in Phnom Penh at the Meta House/German Cambodian Cultural Centre at 7pm on Thursday, 3rd February.  I'm currently trying to see if I can go along and also to see if we can have a screening in Kratie.  News to follow...

[Regular readers may remember my posting about the 'Enemies of the People' film back in November.  Well, this is also being screened with director Q&A at the Meta House on Saturday, 29th January for those who missed it first time around.  It's $5 entry which also gets you a drink.]

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