By Michel K. ZONGO

RUSHLAKE MEDIA GMBH - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2019

Since the dawn of time, the people of Kalsaka, a small village in the African country of Burkina Faso, have lived off their land. All of this ended with the arrival of a multinational mining corporation, which expropriated local landowners and exploited the natural resources, leaving the local peopl

& Awards

IDFA 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Michel K. ZONGO
    • Writer(s)
    • Michel K. ZONGO
    • Producer(s)
    • Michel K. ZONGO (Diam Production), Florian SCHEWE (Film Five GmbH)
    • Synopsis
    • The state of Burkina Faso issued several exploitations permits to multinational mining companies starting in the 2000s. That marked the beginning of the mining boom, the "gold rush" in my country.

      The first open pit gold mine was built in 2006 by the British company KALSAKA MINING SA in the small village of Kalsaka to unearth 18 tons of gold in 10 years.

      Since the dawn of time, the people of Kalsaka have always practiced gold panning and open-cast mining. Located in the north-east of Burkina Faso, the village is surrounded by hills that contain in high quantity and quality this precious metal which everyone is seeking: gold.

      But there remains “No Gold for Kalsaka" because after six years of operation in 2013, the mine closed and left a legacy of social and environmental disasters. All that in a small country town of about 3000 inhabitants without basic social infrastructure and a population socially disorganized by the poor living standard acquired during the time of the mine's operations.

      There are many peasants who lost their arable land for the promise of a absurd compensation that they actually never received. Gold panning, now banned by the mining company, was a source of income for women in the village.

      Following Jean-Baptiste, a civil society activist who was born and raised in Kalsaka, I discover the universe of this small village to unveil the looting and the environmental consequences of the exploitation of gold by a multinational company.

      This film is an immersion into the struggle of these courageous and determined men and women to denounce the looting and the injustice and to claim back their rights and their dignity.