In 2015, I traveled to the DR Congo’s mineral-rich Katanga region. We were a small film production team: me and my notebook, recorder and GoPro, and the Italian filmmaker Luca Paradiso (and his gear). We scored unprecedented access to the copper and cobalt pit mines around Kolwezi to interview scores of miners. We interviewed pregnant and nursing mothers who stand in toxic pools of uranium, one of the hazards of handling and washing these precious minerals. We saw children of all ages toiling in the mines, too. They told us tales of violence, exploitation and abuse – the steep they pay so the world can have the raw materials for long-life batteries, mobile phones and laptop computers. We also witnessed a story of hope. Watch for yourself.
2016 Film Festival Screenings:
Human District Film Festival in Belgrade (June 25th)
Social Machinery Film Festival, Mantova, Italy (July 28-30th)
The 14° FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL SIGNOS DE LA NOCHE in Quito, Ecuador (August 29 – September 3, 2016)
Vaasa Festival 2016 in Vaasa, Finland (Sept 28th – Oct 2nd) WINNER: “Best Ethnographic Film”
14° Festival internacional Signos da Noite Lisboa, Lisbon (Oct 1-9, 2016)
Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona/NYC/Paris in November/December, 2016. WINNER: “Best Short Documentary Film”
2017 Film Festival Screenings:
Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival – Kathmandu, March 17-19, 2017
Sunlight International Film Festival – Moscow, July 7-8, 2017
Festival Internazionale Segni della Notte – Urbino, April 5-7, 2017
If you’d like to have us schedule a screening in your city, please let us know. Send a note to Cristina Duranti at firstname.lastname@example.org
The debut film screening was in Rome on 29 October. It was followed by a round-table discussion on the perils of the Congolese artisanal mining sector and the limitations of current legislation to curb the flow of conflict minerals into the development of products that we all use. In February, 2016, we screened Maisha at the United Nations during the 54th Session of the UN Commission on Social Development.