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‘The End of the Line’ and the Start of a Debate

'The End of the Line' and the Start of a Debate

Rupert Murray’s edifying documentary, The End of the Line, begins its U.S. theatrical release this weekend (the film is currently unraveling on Babelgum, as episodes). This documentary speaks to me in ways that hit close to home. I grew up in a “seafood family.” Not a fishermen family, but a seafood family. Our livelihood was dependent upon the productivity of the seafood industry. In short, The End of the Line is all about the likely extinction of the seafood industry, if certain changes are not made. There’s a tug-of-war happening right now, between fishermen and ecologists protecting aquatic life. In order for one group to prosper, the other group may suffer. This is the crucial argument of the documentary, a smart and comprehensive examination of this debate. The doc opens Friday in New York and L.A., with more theaters to follow. Here is the film’s trailer:

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