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Feature Competition PINE LAURELS 2024 -

The Fisherman and the Banker

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"Moving and Necessary. A David-vs-Goliath story for an age that
desperately needs such stories."

- Yanis Varoufakis


Filmed over a period of 10 years, this is the story of how a group of courageous fishermen in India’s Gulf of Kutch join forces with an NGO in Washington, DC to take on one of the world’s most powerful institutions, the World Bank Group. 

For years, the fishermen of the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat and their social movement MASS have been battling coal-fired power plants that threaten their livelihoods and traditional way of life by polluting the water and the countryside. Then, in 2015, their fight took an international dimension when US lawyers at EarthRights International took on their case to file the first-ever lawsuit against the World Bank’s private lending arm, the International Finance Corporation. One of the most destructive power plants in the Gulf of Kutch is owned by Indian multinational Tata, who received funding from the IFC. The IFC claims absolute legal immunity but the fisherman challenge this in ever higher courts. In 2018 the case makes its way to the US Supreme Court. Will the fishermen be able to change international law to hold the IFC to account – and save their livelihoods?



17 Feb 2024

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, USA

(official selection, nominated for best feature)

16 April 2024

Landmark's E Street Cinema, Washington DC, USA

Impact screening during 2024 World Bank Spring Meetings, organised by advocacy groups

26-31 July 2024

International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala,

Kerala, India (official selection)

14 Sep 2024 (2pm)

The Garden Cinema, London
Book tickets here

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