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Black Gold

Synopsis
An investigation into the global coffee trade, illustrating how poor farmers in Third World countries are being left penniless as their richer First World counterparts continue to pay them far less than they should. Without being strident, the film presents a highly persuasive case that in this day and age, to buy coffee (the second most actively traded ‘commodity’ in the world) that doesn’t remunerate the growers fairly, is frankly immoral. The film follows Tadesse Meskela, manager of the Oromia Coffee farmers Co-op in Ethiopia (the birthplace of coffee, and the producer of some of the highest quality beans in the world) as he tries to find new markets for his product.

DVD Extras: Directors’ Q & A (Al-Jazeera); Director’s Q & A (Channel 4); Live at Sundance: The Making of the soundtrack; Tadesse - The latest; A Message from Tadesse; Trailer
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2007
Year of production
2007
Subjects
Development studies; Economics; Geography
Keywords
agricultural economics; coffee; economic geography; food production and distribution; international trade; Third World; fair trade

Credits

Director
Marc Francis; Nick Francis

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£9.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
78 minutes
Year
2014

Distributor

Name

Dogwoof Pictures

Email
oli@dogwoofpictures.com
Web
http://www.dogwoof.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7395 1217
Fax
020 7900 3270
Address
2nd Floor, 1A Neal’s Yard
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9DP
Notes
Dogwoof is an independent distributor specialising in quality films from around the world that raise awareness, trigger change, and get people involved. The main focus is socially conscious films including THE AGE OF STUPID, THE END OF THE LINE, BURMA VJ and BLACK GOLD. Sale on DVD. In Autumn 2011 Dogwoof launched Popup Cinema (http://popupcinema.net/) to allow non-theatric screenings of their just-released and classic titles.
 

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