CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

Ghost Fleet

Year: 2018
Country: United States
Language: English, Thai, Khmer, Burmese
Run Time: 90 minutes

Ghost Fleet
Ghost Fleet
Ghost Fleet

Decades of illegal fishing practices have depleted the Gulf of Thailand’s seafood stock, forcing companies to cast their nets off more distant shores. To keep a $6.5 billion seafood industry afloat with no line of employees willing to work on these boats for years at a time, Thai fishing companies kidnap and coerce men into slavery to man their ships. Beaten, starved, drugged, and tortured on these ships out at sea that rarely see land, some men manage to escape by jumping overboard and swimming to small, remote islands dotting the ocean. Although dangerous, the risk outweighs the boat’s inevitable death sentence. GHOST FLEET joins Patima Tungpuchayakul, co-founder of the Labor Rights Promotion Network Foundation, and her dedicated team as they journey from Thailand to the distant islands of southern Indonesia to help these men finally return home. This shocking documentary exposes present-day slavery in its worst form and showcases the brave individuals refusing to leave their brothers stranded. (In English, Thai, Khmer, and Burmese with subtitles) —A.B.

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Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
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Director Director

Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron

Shannon Service is an independent reporter and filmmaker whose work has appeared in The New York Times, the BBC, and The Guardian of London. She primarily focuses on crimes at sea, but her stories have covered everything from the ravages of war to the intimacies of heartbreak. Service has won several reporting awards and lives on a houseboat with her pet seagull, Fluffy. A graduate of USC's Cinema-Television Production program, with a Master of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute, Jeffrey Waldron earned a 2012 Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Outstanding Cinematography. He has received another ten awards and nominations for his directing and cinematography work in both narrative and documentary films.


Paul G. Allen, Jannat Gargi, Jon Bowermaster, Shannon Service

Jeffrey Waldron

Parker Lamarie

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