Sun 03.04 // 5:00 PM
SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St.
BLOOD IN THE MOBILE
Frank Piasecki Poulsen
Denmark/Germany, 2010, 82 min.
Poulsen, a Danish version of Michael Moore but less self-publicizing, adopts a faux-naïf persona to investigate how far Nokia, one of the world’s biggest mobile manufacturers, is aware that minerals essential to its product (most significantly cassiterite) are illegally mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by slave laborers and finance the lethal activities of local warlords. The intrepid Dane’s journey takes him to parts of the Congo that the United Nations’ peace-keeping force is too afraid to enter. There he inspects the hellish mines where teenage workers are exploited and robbed, and he meets a cast of characters who might have been created by Greene, Waugh and le Carré. Back in Europe and Washington he speaks to dedicated people connected with NGOs seeking equity and transparency for the trade in these “conflict minerals”, and manages to interview bland Nokia representatives with advanced degrees in public obfuscation, but not the Finnish corporation’s CEO. ~ Philip French, The Observer
Blood in the Mobile arrives at a time when recent legislation passed by Congress in the US requiring more transparency in the extractive industry seems to already be making an impact in Africa, even before its implementation. Similar legislation is now being sought at an EU level. “We can’t leave it up to the companies themselves to solve,” says Poulsen, “because they have had a fair chance at it.”
Preceded by: Gloop, Gaby Bastyra & Joe Churchman, UK, 2010, 4 mins.
Co-presented with the Bay Area Science Festival.
Following the screening, join leading experts for a discussion on electronics and green cradle-to-cradle design. The panel will be driven by questions from the audience but will include consumer actions and solutions including: consumer campaigns, emerging green labels, supply chain responsibility, and innovative breakthroughs in the sustainable design community.
~ Heidi Quante [moderator]
~ Sheila Davis, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
~ Michael Watts, Professor of Geography and Development Studies, UC Berkeley
~ Conflict Mineral Guide Representative TBA