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A river and its people, the Niger river

Interesting documentary on the River Niger in North West Africa and the people living by it.

River Niger is the third most important river body system in Africa after River Nile and Congo river. The documentary goes on a journey in a small boat from the village of Gao to Timbucto and lastly to Mopti. On the way, they descend of some small villages by the river side, which are all wholly dependent upon the river for their livelihood.

The documentary goes to Tibility, Bankom, Timjin, Dagaforu and lastly to Mopti. In all these small villages, fishing is the main occupation. The desert is not far away from the shores and so there is very little by way of economy except fishing and sustenance farming.

Trade does take place of dried fishes and some craft work. Timbuctu is a worn out ghost city living on its past glory. Mopti is a bustling post town with lot of trade activity going on here with business people from as far away as Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso coming to sell their products. Its also the place where the boats are made.

Since its a river documentary, it does not go deep into the villages or town. Life is tough in these parts, but the river Niger supports them. You can watch this documentary here.

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The End of the Line

Brilliant Nat Geo documentary about the marine life in the oceans, based on the book by Charles Clover “The End of the Line: How Overfishing is Changing the world and What we Eat”. The documentary talks about over fishing in the seas and oceans that has led to the decimation of several species of fishes like the cod fish, blue tuna fish and several other large fishes. Greed amongst the large corporations which employs trawlers, deep trawlers and massive trawlers to capture as much fish as possible for the increasingly health conscious market. More and more people are eating fish these days especially with the advent of the celebrity chefs recommending some rare fishes. Corporatisation has been killing the fishing industry since the last 50 years. They employ huge manpower, technology, huge vessels in order to garner the market. What is happening is that large fishes are being captured at the expense of the small fishes, leading to extinction of large fishes which in turn is disrupting the normal life chain in the oceans and seas. Interesting and in depth documentary this, with lot of experts weighing in with their expert talk and commentary and quotes. The failure of the governments, politicians, business leaders in regulating the fishing trade might see the end of the line for the fishing industry by 2048. There will be no more fishes left to be caught and eaten. Its irony that wildlife extinction is getting so much of eyeballs whereas ocean life extinction is not getting as much attention as it deserves. Worth watching documentary this. Highly recommended, especially for fish lovers. They can buy fish which has been rated as sustainable rather than wild fish.

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