Cases of crews abandoned by their unscrupulous shipowners on rusting cargo ships in ports thousands of miles from home have plagued seafarers from emerging nations for over a decade. In Limbo is the inside story of two such dramatic cases in Brest, France. Though ten years apart, these stories are practically identical, involving the same rust buckets, the same sailors from Eastern Europe, and literally the same local activists defending the lost men. Why is the port of Brest so prone to such human tragedies? What is being done to protect seafarers?
Roy Lekus was born in New York and settled in Paris in the 70-ies. His first 30' short, The Living End in Fine Roast Pork (1982) won the Grand Prize at the Belfort and Clermont-Ferrand festivals in France. Other shorts: Cruel Destiny (1984); Tremble tyrants, based on Stendhal (2006). His documentaries include: Any Nests for Rent (1986), Strike Tomorrow (1995), The Classifieds (1996), Big Baskets, Small Apples (1997), Seafarers (2000), Return of the Lost Sailors (2001), Totems in the Plain (1994), Ariane Treads the Line (2001), Sobbing of Autumn's Pumpkins (2003), The Pumpkin Artist (2011).