Ever wonder where the materials in your mobile phone come from and how they are extracted? Or whether they contribute to war? Join us Monday night for a screening of the documentary that traces the global production of cell phones to the dangerous mines of war-torn Congo.
BLOOD IN THE MOBILE A film that shows the connection between our phones and the civil war in the Congo.
Frank Piasecki Poulsen / Denmark / 2010 / 82 min / English, French
WHAT: Screening of BLOOD IN THE MOBILE
WHEN: Monday, January 17, 2010, 7PM
WHERE: Room H-110, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West
COST: By donation
This Quebec premiere screening is co-sponsored by the Concordia Initiative for a Conflict-Free Campus.
Phones are financing war in DR Congo. We love our cell phones and the selection between different models has never been bigger. But the production of phones has a dark, bloody side. The main part of minerals used to produce cell phones are coming from the mines in the Eastern DR Congo. The Western World is buying these so-called conflict minerals and thereby finances a civil war that, according to human rights organisations, has been the bloodiest conflict since World War II: During the last 15 years the conflict has cost the lives of more than 5 million people and 300.000 women have been raped. The war will continue as long as armed groups can finance their warfare by selling minerals. If you ask the phone companies where their suppliers get minerals from, none of them can guarantee that they aren’t buying conflict minerals from the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen travels to DR Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes. He gets access to Congo’s largest tin-mine, which is being controlled by different armed groups, and where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones. After visiting the mine Frank Poulsen struggles to get to talk to Nokia, the Worlds largest phone company. Frank Poulsen wants them to guarantee that they are not buying conflict minerals and thereby is financing the war in the Congo. Nokia cannot give him that guarantee. Blood in Mobile is a film about our responsibility for the conflict in the Congo and about corporate social responsibility.
Click this link to view the trailer for the film and read more.