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Doccie film unveils untold story of Hawston community and perlemoen trade

Between the Devil and the Deep tells three interwoven stories about a fishing village near Hermanus and has won an international award.

The documentary tells the story of a perlemoen poacher, the mysterious death of a son at sea, a broken love story and the curse of abalone on the Hawston community.

Dutch film producer Michele Aimé says that the film gives a voice for the people involved to share their personal experiences, and for the public to see the other side, which the mainstream media does not reflect.

They're generally written off as poachers and gangsters. We found them to be really decent people who had been marginalised and persecuted by the state and justice system. We believed that these people needed to tell their story.

Michele Aimé, film producer

Despite international recognition, South African broadcasters have not shown interest in airing the film.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

In the meantime, WATCH: The Prophet, the People and the Perlemoen


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