ARLIT THE SECOND PARIS

ARLIT DEUXIEME PARIS

By Idrissou MORA KPAI

MKJ FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2005

The film discovers the mining city Arlit in the north of Niger and its many social, economic and health problems related to unjust North South relations.

    • Year of production
    • 2005
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • FRANCE, BENIN
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 50 - + M$
    • Duration
    • 78 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Idrissou MORA KPAI
    • Writer(s)
    • Idrissou MORA KPAI
    • Producer(s)
    • Arouna Sacca MORA KPAI, Idrissou MORA KPAI, Jeanette JOUILI
    • Synopsis
    • Arlit is a case study in environmental racism set in a uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. Here European corporations extract nuclear power and profits leaving behind disease, contamination and unemployment. Ironically the primary activities of Arlit today is waiting, waiting to die of radiation related sicknesses or to emigrate to find work in Europe itself.
      Arlit was once a boom town. During the oil crunch of the early 70’s its uranium mines flourished eventually employing 25,000 workers from around the world in high paying jobs. Arlit was alive 24 hours a day, with frequent international flights, nightlife, earning it the nickname, “le deuxiéme Paris.” Then came the collapse in uranium prices and the Tuareg rebellion against the central government in Niamey more than 500 miles to the southwest. Arlit became a shadow of its former self. When there was nothing more which the Europeans wanted they abandoned the town leaving behind the derelict machinery littering the desert which is so memorable an image in the film. Arlit demonstrates the ultimate bankruptcy of overseas investment in commodity based industry as a strategy for development.
    • Partners & financing
    • MKJ FILMS(France); NOBLE FILMS (Bénin)
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