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Title The vampire fish / directed by Jean Queyrat ; produced by Manuel Catteau and ZED
Published Paris, Ile-de-France : ZED, 1999
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (26 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 1
Master of the spirits
Summary On the northern coast of Kenya, the Bajun people practise an extraordinary traditional technique: remora fishing. In the waters once crossed by Sinbad the Sailor, the Bajun people practice an extraordinary traditional technique: remora fishing. Respected by everyone, once venerated as a god, the remora attaches itself to turtles, rays and sharks for its nourishment. The legend recounts that the remora sucks the blood of its victims to tire them out. Hence the name 'vampire fish'. Alphan lives north of the Kenyan coast, on one of the wildest islands in the Lamu archipelago, the island of Kiwayu, on the edge of the Indian Ocean. He used to be a sailor on a tanker and traveled all of the world's oceans. He gave it up however, to come home and live with his people
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Mar. 12, 2014)
Previously released as DVD
This edition in English
Subject Bajun (African people) -- Kenya.
Remora (Fish)
Fishing -- Kenya.
Fishers -- Kenya.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Wenger, Allan, narrator
Queyrat, Jean, director
Catteau, Manuel, producer
ZED (France), producer