EN - Sound. A polyphony of wind, breaking waves, shrieking gulls, and rattling ships. The sea: a place of memories for those who survive her; a mother who confronts us with the powers of nature. Circulating and all-encompassing. Beneath her horizon there is only darkness and mystery. The separation of air and water creates a different world. A place where other rules and other laws apply.

In Kilmore Quay, the perspective of the fish is the only one that matters. Generations of fishermen caught lobsters, oysters, and cod there. They believed that their work was a kind of prayer and only caught enough to survive, to spare the sea. Times were good. There was plenty of money andplenty of work - until the European fisheries quotas arrived on their shores.


Title I Watched the White Dogs of the Dawn
Original title I Watched the White Dogs of the Dawn
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs , Experimental
Genre Documentary
Year 2018
World première / first public presentation 2018-01-22


Technical specs

Running time film 52'20"


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2018: Festival International Jean Rouch (FR); Wexford International Documentary Film Festival (IE)


2018: Prix Anthropologie et développement durable - Festival International Jean Rouch (FR)

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Last edited on 19 February 2019

Short info

Director Els Dietvorst
Producers Ulrike Lindmayr
Writers Wim Catrysse

Lange Leemstraat 387
2018 Antwerp


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