The documentary "Stealing from the Poor" received the Best Foreign Film award at the 9th International Maritime Film Festival, which was held in St. Petersburg, Russia, from the 23rd to the 26th of April. This is the 31st international award for "Exandas", the most internationally acclaimed, Greek documentary series, created by Yorgos Avgeropoulos.
"Stealing from the Poor" was filmed in Senegal, where pirate fishing perpetrated by huge industrial vessels belonging to developed countries is depriving the inhabitants of this West African country of their main source of subsistence. "Stealing from the Poor" sheds light on the unknown aspects of a huge pirate industry which commits a crime in your dish!
The international market's ever-rising demand for fish has driven European and Asian fishing fleets towards the coasts of West Africa. Hundreds of industrial pirate ships are fishing illegally in the territorial waters of the states of the area, destroying all forms of marine life and condemning millions of Africans to poverty and hunger.