Black Gold

Black Gold
  • 2006
  • UK
  • 1h 17min
  • U
  • Directed by: Mark Francis, Nick Francis
  • Written by: Mark Francis, Nick Francis
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A riveting attempt to underline the paradox that joins the $80bn global coffee industry with the impoverished birthplace of the bean: Ethiopia. Following Coffee Cooperative spokesperson Tadesse Meskela on a mission to save struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy, this excellent documentary left audiences cowed and the local Starbucks empty at last year's Sundance Film Festival.

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Featuring: Tadesse Meskela Coffee is the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. Our consumption funds an immensely profitable industry, but many farmers struggle to survive. When Ethiopian coffee manager Meskela travels the world seeking buyers willing to pay a fair price, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the trade becomes apparent. This “good-humoured and essential” (Observer) documentary has “extraordinary power” (Telegraph). Plus Fairtrade Matters (2015 13 mins) – an evocative and thought-provoking glimpse into the lives of two Malawi tea farmers. Presented in association with Croydon Fairtrade Community Network.

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