PIF 2013 Review: Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale


Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale, is narrated by David Suzuki and follows the fascinating invasive species the Asian Carp.

Asian carp were accidentally introduced to the Mississippi river and are at present trying to make their way to the great lakes despite an electric barrier in place just outside of Chicago. In addition to out-eating native species of fish they are also incredibly smart and are able to avoid fishing nets. All over North America people are finding creative ways to deal with this invasive species from holding fishing competitions to charging money to go on carp spearing expeditions. This last activity is made possible by their famous jumping ability. They are so sensitive to sound and movement that a boat ride through infested waters can become dangerous as hundreds of carp leap into the air at once. There are plenty of shots of this in the film and it is quite remarkable to watch.

The most interesting aspect of this film was the potential culinary uses for Asian carp. In North America they are considered to be garbage fish being bottom feeders. However, they are a delicious and extremely healthy protein source. We see them being prepared into gourmet meals for the needy who were all surprised to learn that they had been dining on the dreaded carp.

My tastes have changed over the years but I'm still that three year-old playing Raiders of the Lost Ark over and over and that awkward 15 year-old seeing her first Wes Anderson film by accident and that angsty 18 year old watching Harold and Maude.

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