Documentary, USA-France- UK, 2012, DCP
A groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary com- mercial fishing industry, filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Mas- sachusetts. Αt one time the whaling capital of the world as well as Melville’s inspiration for Moby Dick, it is today the country’s largest fishing port with over 500 ships sailing from its harbor every month. Leviathan follows one such vessel, a hulking groundfish trawler, on a weeks-long fishing expedition. But instead of romanticizing the labor or partaking in the longstanding tradition of turning fisherfolk into images, the filmmakers present a vivid, almost-kaleidoscopic representation of the work, the sea, the machinery and the players – both human and marine.
Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Filmmakers, artists, and anthropologists, who work at the Sensory Ethnogra- phy Lab at Harvard University. Their work is in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the British Museum.