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They Live In Guinea (1996)

About the Film

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.


  • 1996, Official Selection - Virginia Film Festival, 1997 First Place - Houston International Film Festival(ethnic/cultural documentary), 1998 Honorable Mention Documentary-Smoky Mountain Medial Festival, 1998 Global Vision Award - World Population Film/Video Festival


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Film Details

  • 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
  • Editor: Patricia Romeu, Penny Elliott, Brandon Nance
  • Other Credits: Still Pohotographers: Lenny Gonzales, Sharon Zuber
  • Funding: The Virginia Foundation for the Humanites, The Virginia Sea Grant College Program,Dr. Elwood Owens,The Noland Foundations
  • Original Format: Betacam SP
  • © 1996 , Other Pictures, Inc.
  • 51mins, Color
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