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La Mattanza - The Tuna Hunt in Sicily
Year: 2000
Run-Time: 1 x 28 min.

Directed by Ulla Haider
Written by Ulla Haider

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Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9

La Mattanza - The Tuna Hunt in Sicily

La Mattanza - Die Thunfischjagd auf Sizilien

Every year between April and May enormous swarms of tuna pass by the Sicilian coast. The fishermen of Favignana prepare for their biggest catch in an appropriate way. Under the direction of the experienced "Capo Rais," they build the biggest underwater trap in the world, the "tonnara," from which there is no escape. More than 100 fishermen work round the clock for months on the complicated trap 40 kilometers long. It has to work properly when the big moment comes. The Mattanza is a battle for life and death for the fish, and even for the fishermen themselves. Convoys of tourists from many countries come to witness this spectacle of death from the first row of boats. 90% of the tuna catch on Favignana goes to Tokyo as fresh fish. Japanese chefs come to Favignana to select the best fish. The rest is processed for the Italian market in cans. Nature conservationists are not heard on Favignana, since this is a matter of survival for the fishermen and their families.
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