Blood In The Mobile (4 stars)

Blood In The Mobile

Documentary explores mineral extraction in Eastern DR Congo for use in phone handsets

(12A) 85min

The mobile phone, that universal symbol of convenience and progress, comes at quite a price. We are not talking fiscal here, we are talking of a price above rubies, a cost measured in blood, sweat and tears.

All mobile phones contain minerals that come from one place on the planet: the mines located in the jungles of Eastern DR Congo, an area beset by socio-political, economic, environmental and civil unrest.

Quite how complicit mobile phone companies are in all this is what the valiant Danish documentarian Frank Piasechi Poulsen wants to find out. His investigation takes him from the boardrooms of Nokia and Motorola to an all too real hole of darkness where 12 year old children mine minerals so we can live the way we live.

Poulsen has a lot of previous form with this kind of thing. His excellent previous outings have brought him face to face with media moguls and FARC guerillas and here again he does not disappoint, nor does he avert his gaze.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 25 Nov–Thu 1 Dec.

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Blood in the Mobile

  • 3 stars
  • 2010
  • Denmark / Germany
  • 1h 26min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Frank Piasecki Poulsen

Director Poulsen examines the impact of the trade in mobile phone parts on Congo's civil war. Poulsen uncovers child labourers in appalling conditions before confronting his mobile phone company.

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