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My Village, My Lobster

Title (Spanish): Mi aldea, mi langosta
Title (English): My Village, My Lobster
Country of Origin: USA
Year of Completion: 2011
Duration: 60 minutes
Format: DVD
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish

Thursday 09/06/2012 -- 7:00 PM Friday 09/07/2012 -- 6:00 PM

Punta Cana

Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU)
Santo Domingo

II Muestra de Cine Medioambiental Dominicana, 5-9 de Septiembre 2012

Film SynopsisMy Village, My Lobster is the powerful, harrowing and shocking story of the indigenous Miskito lobster divers along Nicaragua's Miskito Coast, who risk their lives diving for the region's most lucrative resource – the Caribbean spiny lobster, the vast majority of which ends up in the United States. Commercial lobster diving is the Coast's largest industry, accounting for over $40 million annually and employing more than 5,000 Nicaraguans, most of whom are indigenous Miskito Indians. Over the past 30 years, thousands of Miskito divers have become paralyzed and hundreds more have died due to decompression sickness, a diving-related condition commonly known as the bends. Through the voices of Miskito lobster divers and their families, as well as boat owners, captains, and doctors, My Village, My Lobster tells the story of an industry and a community in crisis.

Film Credits:

Director: Joshua Wolff
Written by:
Brad Allgood, Joshua Wolff and Bil Yoelin
Producer: Brad Allgod and Christopher Vitale
Editors: Brad Allgood
Narrated by: Bil Yoelin

Director's Biography:

Joshua Wolff helped produce the first Discovery Educator Abroad media program around the Pacific Rim for Discovery Education while traveling with the cast and crew of the Travel Channel's "5 Takes." He has since collaborated on a variety of non-fiction media projects including the forthcoming documentary Voices of Uganda, a film about a unique theatre program and former child soldiers in northern Uganda.

He also co-founded, an international organization bridging literacy and filmmaking with a focus on digital storytelling with the world's most at-risk and underrepresented youth. He currently works as an Instructional Technology Specialist in Manhattan teaching educators how to integrate digital tools into the classroom.

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