North Island College Global Learning Initiative presents Ghost Fleet

Join North Island College’s Global Learning Initiative Wednesday, Oct. 30 for a screening of Ghost Fleet, a 2019 documentary that exposes the modern-day enslavement of Southeast Asian men used to work in the seafood industry.

The film follows a small group of activists who risk their lives to find freedom and justice for enslaved fishermen living on isolated Indonesian islands.

The activists, led by Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul, campaign to help the men return home. Tungpuchayakul’s fearless determination on her life-long mission inspires her nation and the world.

“So often we do not think about where our seafood comes from or how it was caught,” said Lydia Hardy, NIC Bachelor of Science in Nursing student and co-organizer of the event. “By showing this film we can give voices to the voiceless and raise awareness about how the choices we make as consumers have an impact”.

Admission to the film is free. Donations will be accepted at the door. Fifty per cent of the money raised from the film showing will go to The Labour Protection Network, the organization featured in the documentary.

The other 50 per cent will go to NIC’s Global Learning Initiative, a student-driven project which fosters awareness of global issues through partnerships with local communities and individuals. Fair trade coffee and chocolate is also available for purchase at the event.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the screening beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Stan Hagen Theatre at NIC’s Comox Valley campus. The film will be followed by a discussion on how individuals can help end slave labour.

For more information, contact Lynne Oberik at 250-334-5061 or

For more information on Ghost Fleet, visit the film’s website:

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