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PEOPLE . PLACES

Silver of the Bering Sea

45' (GER, ENG subs)
Fishermen in Alaska on a balancing act between Eskimo culture and the demands of a competitive market-driven industry.

In the spring, millions of herring travel to their spawning grounds off the beaches in the Bristol Bay area. The times when a ton of herring brought 1000 dollars and the short season was a frenzy race have long gone. But a few fishermen still stick to the tradition. This documentary accompanies fishermen in the Bristol Bay and biologists from the regional department of fish during an unusual fishing season full of setbacks and surprises.

To ensure the best possible outcome, the fishermen collaborate with a pilot. From above, he spots promising, large schools of herring and directs the boats of his crew members into the right position, so that the silvery fish can't but end up in their huge nets. Others use smaller nets and work with their own eyes, and for their own profit.  The late arrival of herring, a sudden change in the weather and misadventures out at sea, show on how much the people of Bristol Bay are dependent on cohesion and idealism.
Original Title: Flüchtiges Silber
Year: 2012
Length: 45' (GER, ENG subs)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Julia Knobloch
Produced by: Autentic, ZDF, arte

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