Should We Really Be Eating More Fish?

I wanted to expand a bit on my tweet yesterday about The Daily Beast piece on the Documentary Film, “The End of The Line.” The film opens in the Art House circuit today and I do hope it goes wider as the subject is very important. It caught my eye not only because we publish the book the film is based on, but because I missed the opportunity to see it’s US debut at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

I am fortunate to have friends that live and work in Park City, Utah. For the past ten years, they’ve let me stay at their house so I could attend the Film Festival.  The films start showing at 8:00 in the morning and go non-stop until 2am . . . every day for 10 days. As a volunteer this year I was assigned to work elsewhere during the documentary’s opening night, but there was a bit of a buzz around the film the next day.

This is from a longer piece that Holly Willis posted on the Festival website back in January–

“Similarly, The End of the Line, a gripping survey of over-fishing based on Charles Clover’s book The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat, also gains momentum from the passion of its subjects . . . For director Rupert Murray, the key was to bring together these scientists and his own self-described “strange passion” for the sea.

“I didn’t want to make a natural history film,” Murray says. “They lie essentially. They tell a story about a perfect primeval system, excluding the one key element that is affecting the whole thing, which is man. A story about the oceans without man is a fabrication. I wanted to tell the real story . . . ”

Read the whole Holly Willis post.

If you are following the guidelines that tell us all to eat more fish, this documentary is one that shouldn’t be missed.

by Don McIlraith