Les Damnés de la Mer



Formerly known as Mogador, Essaouira was the first sardine fishing port in the world. But today, the fish have left their living waters. Trawlers from foreign countries are dragging the waters with their death nets, killing an entire ecosystem. Thousands of Moroccan fishermen from Essaouira, Safi and Agadir have to move further down south to Dakhla in the Sahara in hope of catching some fish.
A struggle from hell begins.
THE DAMNED OF THE SEA is a captive portrait of desperate fishermen whose basis of live has been stolen away from them. Who has to take responsibility for this death sentence?

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Jawad Rhalib

Written by: Jawad Rhalib

Produced by: Gerda Coppens

Nominations and Awards

  • European Documentary Award – Prix Arte 2009