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Castaway

Isabelle Hayeur

2012, 14:00 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 979.06

"Castaway" was filmed in the murky waters of Witte’s Marine Salvage at Staten Island (New York). The largest boat cemetery on the Eastern Seaboard, this uncanny, desolate place is the final resting place of numerous wrecks of all varieties and several eras : ferries, barges, fishing boats, even old steam tugs. Their hulks slowly rot away in the mud of Arthur Kill, a refinery-lined inlet still busy with tankers. Located near New Jersey’s Chemical Coast and the former Fresh Kills landfill, these now toxic shores, originally home to salt marshes, forests and freshwater wetlands, have seen their share of ecological disasters. This behind-the-scenes look at industrial development, revealing its hidden side : its dark underbelly, may offer a glimpse of an unsustainable capitalist economy’s eventual shipwreck.

"Castaway" a été filmée dans les eaux incertaines du Witte’s Marine Salvage à Staten Island (New York). Plus grand cimetière de bateaux de la côté Est de l’Amérique, ce lieu insolite et désolé rassemble bon nombre d’épaves en tous genres et de toutes époques : traversiers, barges, bateaux de pêche, même de vieux remorqueurs à vapeur. Les carcasses pourrissent lentement dans la boue de l’Arthur Kill, bras de mer bordé de raffineries et sur lequel circulent toujours les pétroliers. Situés près de la Chemical Coast du New Jersey et de l'ancien dépotoir Fresh Kills, ces rivages désormais toxiques, qui à l’origine abritaient marais salants, forêts et marécages d’eau douce, ont été le théâtre de nombreux désastres écologiques. Cet envers du décor nous montre aujourd’hui le côté obscur, la « face cachée » du développement industriel. Peut-être annonce-t-il aussi le naufrage de l'économie capitaliste ?

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