Luzzu, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, written and directed by Alex Camilleri.
Posted by celticman on Sat, 01 Apr 2023
‘Without a boat you’ll lose your way,’ a fisherman friend warns Jesmark (Jesmark Scicluna).
Jesmark fishes the same inshore Maltese waters in his 12-foot Luzzu that his father and grandfather before him fished. It’s not a job, but an identity. His boat, which was his father’s father’s boat before him, needs work. But he can’t afford to pay for it. His forefathers made a living from the sea, but he’s been squeezed on every side and his young wife Denise (Michela Farrugia) also works in a café to support them.
‘One of us needs a good job,’ she tells him.
‘I’ll take care of us,’ he promises.
But their baby is failing to put on the required amount of weight. Everything is so expensive. The EEC is also offering a grant to fisherman like him to scrap his boat and give up his permit. Superb.