A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It highlights the human need to feel relevant as we get older, and addresses how one can stop feeling the need to try. It also subtly points to the impact of colonialism, climate change, and globalization on the West African coast.
Positive Role Models
Ataa Oko is a veteran fisherman and a hard worker who is trying to continue his way of life. Younger people make fun or insult hin because of his age.
It features a West African cast, and stars an older person. The movie is written and directed by a Ghanaian woman, and reflects some of her lived experiences.
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There's some sarcastic banter and mild insult hurling.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's a reference to drinking money away. A ritual features smoking and drinking of substances.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Fisherman is a West African short film about an an aging man trying to remain relevant as he gets older. It's a comedy, and there are some funny moments that feature sarcastic conversations and mild insults, often at the expense of the main character. But the overall message is a positive one and a rare representation of an elderly person's point of view. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This offbeat West African movie short delivers a universally relatable narrative about what it means to get older, and how invisible one can be made to feel when it happens. But writer and director Zoey Martinson is able to successfully tell Ataa Oko's story with poignancy and humor while subtly highlighting how colonialism continues to impact the country, and the ways global warming and globalization is slowly changing its coastal fishing culture. As a result, The Fisherman is a smart and poignant tale that is both thoughtful and entertaining.
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