Following a grassroots initiative that aims to help the break the cycle of poverty, abuse, and exploitation by the multinational mining industry,the documentary “Maisha: A New Life Outside the Mines” goes inside the copper and cobalt mines in the DRC in Katanga Province,the most mineral rich place on earth.
What happens when hundreds of children from the DRC drop their tools and abandon the mines for a new life? They go to school, start businesses and stop dying at a young age. A rare and timely look at the dangers of DR Congo's small-scale mining sector that powers our digital age, this film takes the viewer to a place few have ventured before: inside the copper and cobalt mines in Kolwezi, southern DRC. This film follows a grass-roots initiative that has generated much conversation -- from the streets of Kolwezi to the halls of the United Nations HQ in New York -- on how the Congolese can break the cycle of poverty, abuse and exploitation inflicted on it by multinational mining companies to build a sustainable development model that's powered by the country's most potent resource: its people. This Good Shepherd project was featured prominently in a January, 2016 Amnesty International report on the international cobalt trade, and the dangers to children: https://goo.gl/8oZtKw Film Credits: Written and Filmed by Luca Paradiso, Bernhard Warner Giampaolo Bisegna Narrated by Bernhard Warner Edited by Giampaolo Bisegna Luca Paradiso Executive Producer Cristina Duranti for the Good Shepherd International Foundation http://www.maishafilm.com