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They Live In Guinea

Film by Jonathan Mednick
Produced by Sharon Zuber, David Essex
Cinematographer: Benjamin Brand, Jonathan Mednick, Dan Partland
Sound: Mike Dahlie, David Essex, Sue Mi Ko, Ted Skillman
Editing: Patricia Romeu, Penny Elliott, Brandon Nance
Copyright: 1996 , Other Pictures, Inc.
51 minutes, Color
Original format: Betacam SP, 1996
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They Live in Guinea tells the story of a hard-working, self-sufficient, fiercely independent community of fishermen and women working the waters of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. Guinea Neck, a once isolated village, must now grapple with conservationists, government regulators, and the sports fishing industry in order to preserve its way of life. The documentary not only captures the colorful, dynamic character of the Guinea “watermen” and the rhythms of their work and speech, but also traces the complex changes thrust upon their traditional ways by a fast-food society that threatens their ability to live off the water.

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