Maisha: New Life Outside the Mines

Maisha

Published on Oct 31, 2015

What happens when hundreds of children from the DRC drop their tools and abandon the mines for a new life? They go to school, start businesses and stop dying at a young age. A rare and timely look at the dangers of DR Congo’s small-scale mining sector that powers our digital age, this film takes the viewer to a place few have ventured before: inside the copper and cobalt mines in Kolwezi, southern DRC. This film follows a grass-roots initiative that has generated much conversation — from the streets of Kolwezi to the halls of the United Nations HQ in New York — on how the Congolese can break the cycle of poverty, abuse and exploitation inflicted on it by multinational mining companies to build a sustainable development model that’s powered by the country’s most potent resource: its people.

This Good Shepherd project was featured prominently in a January, 2016 Amnesty International report on the international cobalt trade, and the dangers to children: https://goo.gl/8oZtKw

Film Credits:

Written and Filmed by
Luca Paradiso, Bernhard Warner
Giampaolo Bisegna

Narrated by
Bernhard Warner

Edited by
Giampaolo Bisegna
Luca Paradiso

Executive Producer
Cristina Duranti
for the Good Shepherd International Foundation

http://www.maishafilm.com

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