Rebuffed by mobile phone manufacturers, documentary maker Frank Piasecki Poulsen sets out to uncover the mining of cassiterite ore, the mineral used in the manufacture of handsets, in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. But are cell-phone companies contributing to the country's bloody civil war?
Failing to goad Nokia into revealing the source of the minerals used in its merchandise, Danish documentarist Frank Piasecki Poulsen travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo to shame mobile phone users into recognising the part they play in perpetuating one of history’s bloodiest civil wars. His courage and tenacity are evident, as he visits the country’s largest tin mine, whose supply of cassiterite ore is coveted by rival warlords to finance their campaigns. But his exertions in confronting trigger-happy tyrants and the angry (underage) miners working in unspeakable conditions are incalculably worthwhile, as this exposé of the conflict of the mineral trade and the moral abnegation of those refusing to take corporate responsibility for their products is timely, necessary and accomplished.
The best efforts of a courageous filmmaker make for a gripping documentary and a worthy piece of investigative journalism.