Jesmark, a Maltese fisherman, contends with a newfound leak in his wooden LUZZU boat. Barely getting by, he sees his livelihood—and a family tradition from generations before him—imperiled by diminishing harvests, a ruthless fishing industry, and a stagnating ecosystem. Desperate to provide for his wife and their newborn son, whose growth impediment requires treatment, Jesmark gradually slips into an illicit black-market fishing operation. First time director Alex Camilleri creates a mesmerizing portrayal of a community steeped in tradition now forced to evolve to stay afloat.

In Maltese with English subtitles.

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Malta, 95 minutes, Directed by Alex Camilleri
Cast: Jesmark Scicluna, Michela Farrugia, David Scicluna