This eye-opening new documentary spotlights the story that multinationals and global tech corporations don’t want to tell… the story of their complicity in the illicit trade in Congolese conflict minerals.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to some of the world’s richest seams of copper, coltan and other minerals increasingly sought after by global electronics manufacturers for use in smartphones and computers. In sub-Saharan Africa however, it’s the same old story. Rather than improving life for the world’s poorest people, however, billions of dollars have been redirected to tax havens and to local militias, fueling a war that has cost 5 million lives… and counting… since 1996, an endless war that may one day rank among the worst atrocities in modern history. Can it be stopped?
Narrated by actress Robin Wright (co-star of the Netflix original series, House of Cards)
Written and Directed by Mike Ramsdell
Music by Steve Jablonsky
Executive Producer: Robin Wright
The film is the centerpiece of an activist campaign with the mission to “mobilize students and consumer activists to pressure policy makers, stakeholders, and investors for greater transparency and accountability in the mining sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Join the campaign by following the hashtag #StandwithCongo on twitter and other social media sites. The campaign, led by Robin Wright, activist JD Stier of Stier Forward, and producer Mike Ramsdell, is set to officially launch in 2016, will include a tour featuring screenings at universities and public forums across the United States and Canada, as well as special events for policy makers and stakeholders in the private sector.
Festivals and Awards
United Nations Association Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
Montreal World Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
Bermuda International Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
HumanDOC International Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection (Warsaw, Poland)
Global Peace Initiative
Movies that MatterWorld Resource ForumAfrican Diaspora NYCGlobal Witness, LondonChristian Aid
Worldwide Television, VOD and Digital
FORMAT: 1 x 79′ Feature Documentary and 1 x 52′ Television Special
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2015
PRODUCER: Conflict Minerals Project
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA and UK
MASTER FILE: ProRes 422 HQ, 1920 x 1080
VIDEO: Texted and Textless versions available
AUDIO: Full Mix Stereo (Full Mix Minus Narration tracks available)