The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster
is the global supply chain, which – maybe in a more fundamental way than financial
speculation – leads the world economy to the abyss.
The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks,
listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the
global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium,
underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between
Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key
to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of
the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.
A range of materials is used: descriptive documentary, interviews, archive stills and
footage, clips from old movies. The result is an essayistic, visual documentary about
one of the most important processes that affects us today. The Forgotten Space is
based on Sekula’s Fish Story, seeking to understand and describe the contemporary
maritime world in relation to the complex symbolic legacy of the sea.
2.05GB | 1h 51m | 1024×576 | mkv
Language(s):English, Dutch, Indonesian, Mandarin, Spanish, Korean
Subtitles:English hardcoded for the non-English parts