Ghost Fleet

Directors:  Shannon Service & Jeffrey Waldron

Winner of John Schlesinger Award at 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Ghost Fleet takes a close look at Thailand’s fishing industry, which supplies a large portion of the world’s seafood. The country’s giant fishing fleet is chronically short of up to 60,000 fishermen per year, leaving captains scrambling to find crew. 

Human traffickers have seized upon the labor shortage, selling captives from across Southeast Asia for a few hundred dollars each. Once at sea, as many as 4,000 men often go months, or even years, without setting foot on land. Beaten, starved, and held in cages, they are forced to work for little or no pay.  This eye-opening film follows a small group of activists who risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen.

 

Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul, a Thai abolitionist, has committed her life to helping these “lost” men return home. Facing illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Patima’s fearless determination for justice inspires her nation and the world.

 

Released in 2018
90 minutes
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