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Ghost Fleet

GHOST FLEET Two Stories of Survival and Redemption

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The Feature Documentary

Ghost Fleet follows a small group of activists who risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world’s insatiable appetite for seafood. Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul, a Thai abolitionist, has committed her life to helping these “lost” men return home. Facing illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Patima’s fearless determination for justice inspires her nation and the world.

The VR Film

Ghost Fleet VR immerses viewers in the true story of slavery in the Thai fishing industry. The experience is based on a main character in the feature documentary, Ghost Fleet, which exposes the dark side of illegal fishing and the heroes working to end it. The VR experience will allow audiences to step onboard and enter the heroic story of Tun Lin, who was sold into slavery when he moved to Thailand looking for work. Born in Myanmar, Tun Lin was kidnapped when he was fourteen-years-old and forced to fish without pay as far away as the coast of Somalia. He spent 11 years on the boat and suffered endless abuse and trauma alongside his crewmates of enslaved fishermen. Journey with Tun Lin as he retraces his ordeal, the years of horrific treatment on board the slave ship, and his brave escape from a prison made of water.

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“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
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Patima Tungpuchayakul Labor Rights Organizer

Ms. Patima Tungpuchayakul is the Manager at Labour Rights Protection Network (LPN). She has emerged as the key person behind attempts to end slavery at sea in South-East Asia. She is also deeply involved with the concerted effort to provide adequate protection for all migrant workers throughout the 10 nations that make up the region. Respected for her courage and determination, Patima's work proved of critical importance when the Labor Rights Protection Network (LPN) rescued around 2000 captive and stranded fishermen from isolated Indonesian islands in 2014. The Associated Press supported the rescue and won a Pulitzer Prize for its innovative coverage.

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Tun Lin Labor Rights Organizer and Former Slave

Born in Myanmar (Burma), when he was just fourteen-years-old Tun was kidnapped and forced to fish 11 years without pay as far away as the coast of Somalia. Often working twenty hour days, he lost four fingers on one hand in an accident at sea. He was finally able to jump ship and escape on Ambon Island, Indonesia. With no money or passport, no ability to return home, he married a local woman and had a child. He was found and rescued by Patima in 2014. With her assistance he was able to return home to Myanmar and eventually receive compensation for his injuries from the company that had enslaved him; with the money he built his mother a house. He now works alongside Patima and has gained a reputation as a leader in the movement to end slavery at sea.

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Chutima “Oi” Sidasathian Translator/Researcher

While working as a journalist in Thailand for a decade, Oi reported extensively on human trafficking and slavery at sea. Her account of the inhumane pushback of Rohingya boat people in 2009 shared major investigative reporting and human rights awards. She soon became the go-to translator/guide on trafficking and slavery issues, working with the BBC, the New York Times, Reuters, AFP, European newspapers and other outlets. Oi is credited with shining an international light on the Rohingya long before ethnic cleansing drove hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh in 2017. Several years earlier, the Royal Thai Navy unsuccessfully sued Oi and a colleague. Oi has since earned a PhD in Rohingya anthropology.

Bustar Maitar

Bustar Maitar Boat Captain

Bustar Maitar, has over 19 years of experience working and campaigning for social justice and environmental protection in Indonesia, working with communities on natural resources management from grassroots levels to global movements. He founded the Papua based NGO, PERDU, in 1998 and was one of the first staff to be recruited for Greenpeace’s new office in Indonesia in 2005. Bustar spent more than 11 years with Greenpeace, campaigning to achieve zero deforestation in Indonesia and globally. A major achievement with Greenpeace was successfully leading the organization’s efforts to work with the Indonesian Government and industry to implement the May 2011 moratorium on the conversion of forests. He led the Greenpeace International team’s transformation of top multinational companies and major producer companies to align with global zero deforestation efforts in their supply chain that resulted incl. 75% of global traded palm oil and 80% of Indonesia pulp and paper production becoming deforestation free products. Bustar has recently been active in developing social and eco-enterprise to promote community product and ecotourism in eastern Indonesia and supporting a local foundation in Papua to generate young talent leadership on social and environmental issues and community entrepreneurship. He is also Marine enthusiastic with PADI diving instructor.


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Shannon Service Director & Producer

Shannon Service is an independent reporter and filmmaker whose work has appeared in The New York Times, the BBC and The Guardian of London. She primarily focuses on crimes at sea, but her stories covered everything from the ravages of war to the intimacies of heartbreak. In 2012, she worked with Becky Palmstrom to break the story of slavery on Thai fishing boats for NPR’s Morning Edition. Shannon has won several reporting awards, including an Edward R. Murrow, and lives on a houseboat with her pet seagull, Fluffy.

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Jeffrey Waldron Director and Director of Photography

A graduate of USC’s prestigious Cinema-Television Production program, with an MFA from the American Film Institute, Jeffrey earned a 2012 Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Outstanding Cinematography. He has received another ten awards and nominations for his directing and cinematography work in both narrative and documentary films. In 2013 he was nominated for Best Director (Non-Fiction) at the International Academy of Web TV Awards.

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Jon Bowermaster Producer

Writer, filmmaker and adventurer, Jon is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council. Jon has written a dozen books and produced/directed more than twenty documentary films. He is President of Oceans 8 Films and One Ocean Media Foundation, chairman of the advisory board of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation and a board member of Mark Ruffalo’s Water Defense.

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