The film starts with Soviet made cargo plane landing on Mwanza airfield in Tanzania. The plane came from Europe to ship back processed fillets of Nile Perch, which had caused the extinction of hundreds of endemic species in the same lake. The plane carries fish fillets from Tanzania and brings guns into Africa. All the gun trade was being done under cover.
One of the plane crew member, says: the children of Angola receive guns for Christmas, the children of Europe receive grapes. The dreadful living and working conditions of the local people, in which basic sanitation is completely absent and many children turn to drugs and prostitution, is covered in great depth; because the Nile perch is fished and processed for export, all the prime fillets are sold to European supermarkets, leaving the local people to survive on the carcasses of the gutted fish. As to why the local fish can't be …show more content…
People over there live on the carcasses of the fish while the main fillets was being exported to the European countries. There is a one-eyed woman in the movie who talks about working in the carcasses of the fish and complains that the poisonous gas in the air has caused respiratory problem for the people around. She talks about the improved livelihood brought by the fish industry into the country.
No amount of explanation can do justice to Darwin’s Nightmare, which ends with an ugly, but sad note: two very young boys taking turns to sniff into a bottle of glue and smoke a cigarette before they fall asleep in a dark alley as a motor-car speeds past a street light. This scene, like others, is never to be forgotten. The movie has shown the glimpses of how the European Union, IMF, World Bank and the very workings of international finance capital have wrought such dire consequences for a third world