Black Gold Documentary

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Tadesse Meskela is a man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling Ethiopian coffee farmers from bankruptcy.

Life for coffee farmers is tough and multinational companies are making it worse. That's the message of “Black Gold,” a hard-hitting documentary film about the coffee industry which will be shown throughout the day on Tues., Dec. 5, in West Shore Community College’s MBT Conference Room located in the Administrative and Conference Building.

The film will be shown every hour and a half beginning at 8 a.m., with the last showing starting at 3:30 p.m.  Those who attend may sample fair trade and direct trade coffees from local producers Higher Grounds and Iron Homage.  Student Senate will provide popcorn.

The critically-acclaimed 2006 documentary tells the story of an Ethiopian coffee farmer standing up to multinational corporations and fighting unfair business practices. The 80-minute film documents where coffee beans come from, how much the farmer is paid to grow them, and who controls the economics of coffee and other commodities. 

According to the directors, brothers Marc and Nick Francis: "We wanted to urgently remind audiences that through just one cup of coffee, we are inextricably connected to the livelihoods of millions of people around the world who are struggling to survive, while corporations are earning record profits."

This is the last event of the semester in the Humankind Project, a three-year examination of different regions of the world.

The Humankind Project’s focus on sub-Saharan Africa will resume in January and will run through April 2018.

Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations