Between the Devil and the Deep
Three interwoven storylines bound by a single theme: abalone poaching. An immersive dive into the lives of five characters in a small South African fishing community that is suspended in a limbo between its traditional lifestyle and a corrupt and brutal enforcement apparatus deployed to counter the illicit supply of abalone to China, where this endangered marine snail is prized as an aphrodisiac and status symbol.
93' / DCP / colour
Original title: IN DIEPE WATEREN
Dir: Heinrich Dahms
Prod: Buzzmedia (NL)
Co-prod: Visualantics (BE)
Sc: Heinrich Dahms
D.O.P.: Johan Bosgraaf
Completed: January 2015
First feature length documentary.
a.o. SCUM (2010, feature), SURVIVING (2008, short).