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12 June 2019

What lies beneath.

by Andrew MacGregor

Nowness: “A Plentiful Feast” - 9 mins 04s

"We need to eat." That's the only line of dialogue spoken in this tactile and well-timed short film, which literally dives into the plight of billions of people who rely on fish for sustenance. Here, it's a family of four living off the coast of Mexico, and with their father deceased it's up to the eldest child to put food on the table.

His hunting ground is Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral atoll in the northern hemisphere. Armed with a crude harpoon gun, the unnamed protagonist scours the deep for a catch - only to succumb to a far more insidious underwater resident: plastic.

Thus, what begins as a study of rural survival becomes a manmade disaster movie. As debris swarms into view and plastic sheets bob like jellyfish, the futility of the young man's mission becomes all too apparent.

Director Jodeb's film expertly evokes that sinking feeling - aided by some briny hues and a foreboding soundtrack - before it reminds viewers that such adversity is now on a global scale. The question now is how many more must suffer before it's too late.

Film Production: PrettyBird Ⓟ Ⓦ
Cinematographer: Albert Salas
Location: Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

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