Two Bombay fishermen, Rakesh and Ganesh, are facing major changes professionally and in their lives. While Rakesh continues to rely on the heritage of Koli, an ancestral system of fishing that is governed by the lunar cycle and the tides, Ganesh has been moving away from tradition and trying to incorporate technology into his fishing boat. Rakesh has not left India and the traditional way of fishing allows him to continue to support his small family. Ganesh, on the other hand, has been educated in Scotland and has ambitions to become a big businessman. This difference has been eroding the deep friendship, almost brotherly, between Rakesh and Ganesh both of whom are helpless and vulnerable to the relentless changes in the sea and its behaviour due to climate change.
‘Against the Tide’ takes a somber look, one in which modernism and overconsumption jas stripped not only the resources but the joys in the payoff of a hard day’s work.— Soham Gadre · Film Inquiry
What’s particularly striking is that ‘Against the Tide’ is poetically poignant while maintaining a clean, direct approach.— Barbara Goslawski · That Shelf
‘Against the Tide’ manages to feel both intimate and large-scale when the fishermen’s struggle reflects the soul-searching of an entire nation in a brave new world.— Stephen Saito · Moveable Fest