Voices from The Mine: Artisanal Diamonds and Resource Governance in Sierra Leone
Documentary Screening and Discussion
10 May 2018 | Bath | 19:30
This is the launch screening of a new 30 minute documentary film by Dr Roy Maconachie from the University of Bath’s Centre for Development Studies, and Simon Wharf, Film Production Technician from the Computing Services’ Audio Visual Unit. The film, produced with funding from Humanity United, will shine a light on the realities of life for some of the workers involved in artisanal diamond mining in the country.
Diamond mining is Sierra Leone’s most lucrative export industry, with annual production of up to $US 250 million. But due to poor governance and widespread corruption, only a fraction of this wealth returns to the areas where diamonds are mined. While international traders reap vast rewards, for those in the mining pits, poverty and hardship remain.
In collaboration with Simon Wharf, and with support from postdoctoral researcher, Felix Conteh, Roy has researched and filmed in the areas where alluvial diamonds are mined, following through to the traders in Antwerp who are buying diamonds from Sierra Leone, to see if and how they are addressing these challenges.
Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion focused on the issues raised by the film. Stills from the film will also form an exhibition in the foyer area.
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