Directed by Josh Wolff
My Village, My Lobster is the powerful, harrowing and shocking story of the indigenous Miskito lobster divers along Nicaragua’s Miskito Coast who risk their lives diving for the region’s most lucrative resource – the Caribbean spiny lobster, the vast majority of which ends up in the United States.
Commercial lobster diving is the Coast’s largest industry, accounting for over $40 million annually and employing more than 5,000 Nicaraguans, most of whom are indigenous Miskito Indians. Over the past 30 years, thousands of Miskito divers have become paralyzed and hundreds more have died due to decompression sickness, a diving-related condition commonly known as the bends.
Through the voices of Miskito lobster divers and their families, as well as boat owners, captains, and doctors, My Village, My Lobster tells the story of an industry and a community in crisis.