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Denis Delestrac’s (‘Sand Wars’) audacious investigation reveals the mechanics and perils of freight shipping. An incredible 90% of the products consumed in the Western world come from overseas. This expansive journey uncovers the obscure world of container ships that are central to our economy and environment.
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90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilization; without it, it would be impossible to fulfill the ever-increasing demands of our societies. Yet the functioning and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all. Due to their size, freight ships no longer fit in traditional city harbours; they have moved out of the public’s eye, behind barriers and check points. The film answers questions such as: Who pulls the strings in this multi-billion dollar business? To what extent does the industry control our policy makers? How does it affect the environment above and below the water-line? And what’s life like for modern seafarers? Taking us on a journey over seas and oceans, FREIGHTENED reveals in an audacious investigation the many faces of world-wide freight shipping and sheds light on the consequences of an all-but-visible industry.
Written and Directed by Denis Delestrac
Produced by Polar Star Films. Co-produced by La Compagnie des Taxi-Brousse.
2016 | 52 mins | Closed Captioned and SDH Subtitles
FILM FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS
KLEFF, Malaysia October 2016
DREFF, Dominican Republic September 2016
DocsBarcelona Medellín, Colombia July 2016
Sense Ficció, TV3, Spain July 2016
Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK June 2016
SRF, Switzerland June 2016
DocsBarcelona, Spain May 2016
RTBF, Belgium May 2016
GoodPlanet, Paris, France May 2016
SVT, Sweden May 2016
San Francisco Green Film Fest April 2016
Das Erste (SWR), Germany March 2016