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Thousands are enslaved

Directed by Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron, "Ghost Fleet" delves into Thailand's fishing industry, which supplies a large portion of the world’s seafood. The country’s giant fishing fleet is chronically short of up to 60,000 fishermen per year, leaving captains scrambling to find crew. 

Human traffickers have seized upon the labor shortage, selling captives from Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and across Southeast Asia for a few hundred dollars each. 

Once at sea, the men often go months, or even years, without setting foot on land. Beaten, starved and held in cages, men are forced to work for little or no pay. 

As many as 4,000 slaves currently work in the Thailand’s seafood industry. 

Upcoming Screenings

  • January 17-21: Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival | Buy tickets
  • February 7-10: Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • February 10-15: Berlin International Film Festival
  • February 15-24: Big Sky Film Festival | Buy tickets


  • Tiff18 Official Selection Blk
  • Homepage Telluride Tff Thing
  • Hiff Laurels 2018 Os
  • Woodstock
  • El Gouna
  • Dx 2018 Laurel Black
  • Docnyc18 Laurels Black Officialselection
  • Palm Springs Award


“Now, at the end of our own five-year-long line, I find… the hope of redemption.

That our film will help Patima in her mission to bring these horrors to light.

That our rolling cameras caught glimpses of these men’s stunning hearts.

And that their courage ignites our own.”

Shannon Service, Director & Producer