Blood in the Mobile is a documentary by director Frank Piasecki Poulsen.
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.
The Documentary Blood in the Mobile shows the connection between our phones and the civil war in 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.
Blood in the Mobile is produced by Koncern TV- og Filmproduktion, Denmark, in co-production with Chili Film, Denmark and Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, Germany.
The film is supported by DANIDA, MEDIA and the Danish Film Institute. The film has been or will be broadcasted in Denmark (DR), Germany (WDR), France (Arte), Finland (YLE), Norway (NRK), Ireland (TG4), Hungary (Duna TV), Greece (ERT), Spain, Czech Republic, Portugal, Poland, England, USA and Israel (DBS).
The film premiered in Denmark on September 1st 2010.
The film premiered internationally at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam on November 23rd 2010: www.idfa.nl
The film premiered on German Television, WDR, on November 29th 2010, and will be shown again on February 28th 2011 at 7.20 on WDR.
The film won the Cinema for Peace Justice Award in Berlin on February 14th 2011: www.cinemaforpeace.com
Sneak-view at True False Film Fest on March 5 2011: http://truefalse.org/program/films
Czech Premiere at One World Human Rights Film Festival on March 11: http://oneworld.cz/2011/films-a-z/19343-blood-in-the-mobile
The film was selected for Movies That Matter Film Festival in Haag, Holland, screening late March: http://www.moviesthatmatterfestival.nl/english_index/programma_en/film_en/460
The film was selected for Hot Docs in Toronto: www.hotdocs.ca, screenings May 4 and May 6 2011.
The film was selected for INPUT 2011 in Seoul, South Korea: http://www.input2011.org/, screening May 2011.
Friday 21 October – Thursday 27th October London – Empire West End
Wednesday 02 November London – SOAS
Monday 07 November London – Hackney Picturehouse
Friday 18 November Bath – Bath Film Festival
Friday 25 November – 27 November Edinburgh – Filmhouse
Friday 02 December – Sunday 04 December Belfast – Queens Film Theatre
Thursday 19 January Exeter – Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre
US-Premiere: Hamptons Film Festival, October 13 – 17 2011, see more: www.hamptonsfilmfest.org
Dallas Video Fest, Sneak-view, see more: www.videofest.org
Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, Sneak-view, see more: http://www.flagstaffmountainfilms.org/
International Film Festival, presented by the Monterey Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association in Monterey, California, USA on November 3, 4 and 5, see more: http://www.unamontereybay.org/UNA_Monterey_Bay/Home.html
Atlantic Film Festival, September 15 – 24 2011, www.atlanticfilm.com