The recent landmark silicosis ruling allowing class actions against South African gold mining companies and the Standing Rock Sioux people’s protests fighting for indigenous rights and opposing the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline are just two examples of how the extractives industry and its social, health and environmental impacts are prominent issues on the African and global terrain.
The WoMin African Gender and Extractives Alliance is working on a ground-breaking African film - No Good Comes from the Mine - about women's resistance to coal, oil & uranium mining in South Africa, Uganda & Niger. It provides a critical women’s rights perspective on the mining sector and advocates for development alternatives that meet the needs of people, eco-systems and the planet over profits for just a few.
The first stage of filming in the Somkhele and Fuleni communities affected by coal mining in northern KwaZulu Natal was completed earlier this year. WoMin is now launching a crowdfunding campaign on the popular Indiegogo site on November 28 to raise the final $10 000 still required to film with women opposing the devastating effects oil drilling in the Albertine region of Uganda. The filming, scheduled for March 2017, will be carried out in partnership with our ally in Uganda, the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE).
Any additional funds raised via the Indiegogo campaign will go towards the final stage of filming in the Arlit region of Niger in July 2017 where pollution from uranium mining is causing illness in the local Tuareg communities, killing their livestock and destroying their livelihoods.
About the film
No Good Comes from the Mine is a character-driven film about African women who are deeply engaged in struggles to take back control of their land, their rights, their bodies and their lives. The film tells us about women’s experiences and their dreams for development.
The film will be produced in English, French and Portuguese and WoMin and its alliance partners from fourteen countries in Africa, and more than a dozen allies in the global North will use it for training, political education, lobbying and advocacy. The film will also be the centrepiece of a women-led women’s rights African campaign on fossil fuels, energy and climate justice.
The film will cultivate greater awareness of the costs of extractives-driven development, and its gendered costs, amongst civil society organisations and the wider public, and it will be used to advocate and campaign for the needed development alternatives to governments and multilateral bodies, like the African Union and the United Nations.
Plugging into global conversations about these issues, No Good Comes from the Mine will be made available to broader audiences via film festivals, licensed broadcast and online platforms.
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Watch the trailer here: http://tinyurl.com/wominfilm | Hashtag: #NoGoodMinesFilm #WoMinFilm
The film is directed by award-winning feminist Ghanaian-British film maker, Yaba Badoe, who directed a documentary about Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison for BBC4 in 2003. She made The Witches of Gambaga through her company Fadoa Films which won Best Documentary Award at the 2010 Black International Film Festival in Britain and 2nd Prize for Documentaries at FESPACO in 2011. In 2014 Yaba completed The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo about the life and work of one of Africa’s most iconic feminist writers which led to her being nominated for a Distinguished Woman of African Cinema Award by the Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe.
Local film maker, Sharon Farr, has taken over as producer from media and communications specialist Connie Nagiah. Sharon Farr is best known for her documentary Love, Communism, Revolution & Rivonia on the life of Bram Fischer which was voted Best South African Documentary at the Encounters Festival in 2007 and nominated for a SAFTA in 2008.