Hot Docs: Highlights from North America's Biggest Documentary Film Festival

Blood in the Mobile dir. Frank Poulsen (Denmark, Germany)

Another place I’m glad I don’t live is the Democratic Republic of Congo. Blood in the Mobile, by director Frank Poulsen, takes us down into the militia-controlled Congolese mines from which cassiterite, the mineral found in all cellphones, is extracted. Yes, our cell phone purchases are financing civil war in the Congo, and made possible by miners, often adolescent boys or even children, who live and work in horrific conditions and under threat of death, not just by collapsed tunnels but by politically-motivated massacre. Paulsen takes his findings to Nokia but they aren’t too bothered, even though, frighteningly, they are industry leaders in ethical business practices. The film got a standing ovation; I sat through it, by then so used to being seated I’d lost the ability to imagine an alternative, but I did become a fan of the movie’s Facebook page when I got home. TC mark


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  • Michael Koh

    Cool trailers bro

  • scin

    love toronto stuff on this site!

  • Erin Pehlivan

    Wow, very impressed to see Hot Docs coverage on Thought Catalog. It's all I read when I worked at the box office this year. Two worlds collide! I definitely agree with choosing RESURRECT DEAD as a highlight. You must see POSITION AMONG THE STARS though, it is probably one of my favourite documentaries of all time. Those were two of my favourites this year. I saw 45 docs in total. Thanks for the coverage!

  • Asdf

    it manages to be boring. all of it. go figure.

    • Alyssa Johnston

      Yeah totally. Fuck everything. The world is so passe.

  • Dan

    lol about it not being hard to make toronto look like a soviet coal town, it does have a high Russian immigrant population actually.

  • adamhump

    thanks for this katie :)

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