‘Jozi Gold’ Documentary Examines The Darkish Coronary heart Of Mining In SA

Snake Park Doornkop Mine

Mining actions have wreaked havoc throughout South Africa, in quite a lot of communities. Huge firms come to the communities, mine the land, after which depart. This leaves the group to cope with the aftereffects of the mining. These embody polluted water sources, soiled air, and an unsafe dwelling atmosphere. Jozi Gold is a documentary that wishes to boost consciousness about this.

Jozi Gold is a film-documentary made by Sylvia Vollenhoven & Fredrik Gertten. Gerten is a Swedish director and journalist whereas Vollenhoven is a South African author, journalist, playwright and filmmaker. The doccie took seven years to make and “required much more assets and lots of vitality to handle the story course of,” stated Vollenhoven.

The documentary confirmed on the Encounters South Africa, a world documentary competition. The competition happened from 6-16 June in Cape City and Johannesburg.

“It’s the premier trade occasion for documentary filmmakers,” stated Vollenhoven about Encounters including that it’s a fantastic platform to look at documentaries from around the globe.

Vollenhoven says Encounters fills within the gaps generally left by native broadcasters the place the main target in on “amount and never high quality.”

The documentary seems to be on the environmental and political image of South Africa’s deserted mines. Vollenhoven advised The Every day Vox that the documentary seems to be on the big environmental impression of mining. “They’re forsaking an environmental mess that isn’t being cleaned up. Individuals like Mariette are working tirelessly to boost consciousness and power mining firms and the federal government to wash up,” she stated.

Jozi Gold follows Mariette Liefferink, an advisory committee member of the South African Human Rights Fee. The documentary offers with points that investigative reporter Adam Welz has written about for years by way of following the work of Liefferink.

Welz started engaged on a documentary film in regards to the mining trade. He then made contact  with Gertten’s movie firm WG Movie. Gertten contacted Vollenhoven and thus started the challenge.

“It’s a exceptional co-production between Norway and South Africa,” Vollenhoven advised The Every day Vox about how the challenge developed.

In 2018, The Every day Vox group visited the Snake Park group in Soweto. The group lives within the shadow of a mining dump. Similar to the numerous communities in South Africa the mine severely impacts the well being of the individuals dwelling there. Most of the kids locally have cerebral palsy which specialists have linked to the results of the deserted mine. It’s communities like this that Jozi Gold goals to shine a highlight on.

Liefferink who’s the central determine of the documentary is broadly recognised as a distinguished environmental activist within the mining trade. Vollenhoven stated they determined to middle the documentary on Liefferink as a result of “of her fashion of activism and the way efficient it’s.”

Vollenhoven stated Nicely have been following Liefferink’s work and after they noticed the footage he had gathered “we agreed undoubtedly that Mariette is any filmmakers’ dream.”

To proceed displaying the movie past the competition, Vollenhoven says they’ve designed a six-month outreach programme to indicate the movie to communities round South Africa, particularly “mining-affected communities.”

“It’s about taking the movie on the market and never simply displaying the movie however utilizing the movie as a technique to create consciousness to help activists and NGOs to fight this big environmental catastrophe,” stated Vollenhoven.

To get in contact with Vollenhoven and organise a screening and dialogue of the documentary, you may contact her here.

Featured picture by Fatima Moosa