The short documentary 'Whose Wealth? Cobalt from Congo' has won the title of 'Best Short Documentary' at the European Short Film Festival in Berlin.
We are happy to announce that 'Whose Wealth? Cobalt from Congo' has won the award for Best Short Documentary at the European short Film festival held in Berlin.
The short film, which was directed by Myrthe Verweij with support from the GoodElectronics Network, shows the impact of cobalt mines on local communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was screened along with several other short documentaries on global issues at the European Short Film Festival (ESFF) in October. The ESFF aims to bring attention to the most talented emerging filmmakers, showcasing their work to audiences around Europe. “I am honoured with this ESFF award, and want to thank everyone in Europe and DR Congo who made it possible to produce this short film” says director Ms. Verweij.
Cobalt is an essential metal for the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in our smartphones, laptops and electric vehicles. The majority of the world's cobalt is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There, irresponsible mining practices lead to environmental pollution and human rights violations. GoodElectronics has been working together with SOMO to reveal the malpractices in the supply chain of cobalt.
To learn more about this issue, visit read.somo.nl/story/cobalt-blues/
or go directly to:
- The online story ‘Cobalt blues’ with videos and photos
- The research report ‘Cobalt blues: environmental pollution and human rights violations in Katanga’s copper and cobalt mines’