Book Tickets

Sat 14 Sep
14:00
Sun 15 Sep
16:00

The Fisherman and the Banker + Q&A 18

Sheena Sumaria, UK, India, USA, 2024, 85m.

Over a decade in the making, The Fisherman and the Banker is modern-day David and Goliath documentary that chronicles the epic struggle of a resilient fishing community in India’s Gulf of Kutch, who take on one of the world’s most powerful institutions, The World Bank Group. These courageous fishermen, whose livelihoods are imperilled by the environmental devastation wrought by coal-fired power plants, embark on an unprecedented journey of resistance.

 

In Gujarat, the fishermen and their grassroots movement, MASS, have long fought against industrial pollution that threatens their traditional way of life. Their battle gains international traction in 2015 when EarthRights International, a Washington, DC-based NGO, champions their cause, filing the first-ever lawsuit against the World Bank’s private lending arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

 

The documentary delves into the heart of the conflict, spotlighting the Tata-owned power plant funded by the IFC, a symbol of unchecked industrial power. As the fishermen’s legal challenge ascends through higher courts, culminating in a historic showdown at the US Supreme Court in 2018, the film captures their relentless quest for justice.

 

The Fisherman and the Banker is not just a legal battle; it’s a gripping story of human endurance and the fight to hold powerful entities accountable. Will these indomitable fishermen succeed in rewriting international law to protect their heritage and environment, or will the might of the IFC prevail?



The film was nominated for best feature film at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.


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


Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with director Sheena Sumaria.



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Book Tickets

Sat 14 Sep
14:00
Sun 15 Sep
16:00

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