The Belcourt Theatre's Food on Film week continues with The End of the Line, opening Sunday, June 28. For a full schedule of films, visit The Belcourt's website.
THE END OF THE LINE (June 28-29) If Monsanto emerges from Food, Inc. as the cat-stroking Bond villain of agriculture, it turns out the fishing industry has its own Dr. Evil: Mitsubishi, which controls some 40 percent of the world's market in bluefin tuna--and which Rupert Murray's documentary accuses of hoarding frozen reserves that will become a piscine goldmine once the last bluefin has been flopped onto a dock.
Unfortunately, that may come sooner than later, as Murray and investigative journalist Charles Clover argue in this muckraking doc. The world's growing taste for sushi and seafood--stoked with nets big enough to suck up a dozen 747s--is rapidly depleting populations of tuna, grouper, red snapper and other desirable fish. Leading with the near-extinction of Newfoundland's cod in 1990, the movie warns that the end result of overfishing will be net losses in every sense of the term.
Hopscotching from Chesapeake Bay to Tokyo fish markets to the shores of Somalia, where divers face the end of their way of life as foreign trawlers vacuum the seas, Murray lays out a chilling argument that seafood could be a thing of the past as early as 2048. As moviemaking, The End of the Line is Discovery Channel standard-issue bolstered by fine undersea footage--but its message of impending crisis will leave its hooks in you. JIM RIDLEY