A Fish Tale

Jerusalem Film Festival

Johnny believes in the future of Africa. He lives in Israel, but dreams of returning with modern fish farming techniques. His wife, Thérèse, sees little hope back home. She is determined to create the best possible future for their children, whatever the price may be. When their visas expire, tensions between the two arise, leading to an inevitable clash. Emmanuelle Mayer’s directorial debut is a moving documentary portrait, pieced out of ten years of intimate footage. Emphasizing the profound gap between developing Africa and the West, the film contrasts male and female narratives and raises ideas of choice versus fate.


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Duration: 52 min.
Date of Release: 26.7.2019
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew, English
Subtitles: English

Festivals & Awards

  • Jerusalem Film Festival 2020
    Audience Favorite & Other Israel Awards

  • International Film Festival Fishermen of the World, France, 2020
    In competition

  • Flying Broom Film Festival, Turkey 2020

  • FIFEQ in Quebec, Canada 2020

  • Millenium Int'l Documentary Film Festival, Belgium 2020
    In competition

  • Olhares do Mediterrâneo - Women's Film Festival, Portugal 2020
    Special Jury Mention

  • Films Femmes Mediteranne Marseille, France 2021

  • Ethnocineca International Film Festival, Austria 2021
    In competition

  • Belmont World Film, USA 2021

Involved Broadcasters

TRT World

World Sales

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Creative Documentary, Family Story, Human Interest / Social Issues, Social Issues