The Blessed Assurance

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Program 12: LOBSTER WAR: The Fight Over The World's Richest Fishing Grounds
Cowell Theatre Sun, Mar 10, 2019 4:00 PM
277 square miles of disputed waters, known as the Gray Zone, situated on the border between Maine and Canada were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. Climate change has pushed the rich lobster fishing ground farther north, and a recent explosion in lobster populations renewed the interest of Canadian’s fishermen. Now there is an ongoing war between Americans and Canadians over the lucrative waters. —YI
Film Info
Category:Coastal and Island Culture
Country:United States
Running Time:22 min.
Director:Isabelle Carbonell**
Editor:Sarah Cannon


Every winter off the coast of Georgia, where shrimp once flourished, fishermen reel in jellyfish by the ton. This sensuous documentary experience is a meditation on the blessed lives and livelihood of fisherman and jellyfish aboard a Southern trawler. Visceral images and sounds immerse us in a primordial world that explores the inside of a trawling hull, and a cannonball jelly! —GC

Additional Information

Isabelle Carbonell is a Belgian-Uruguayan-American award-winning documentary filmmaker and a PhD Candidate in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, while also based in Washington DC. Her work lies at the intersection of expanded documentary, environmental anthropology, and the anthropocene, while striving to develop new visual and sonic approaches and methods to rethink documentary filmmaking.