This film follows the successful efforts of the community of Tanchara to resist the activities of Australian gold mining corporation Azumah Resources on their lands in north west Ghana.
Tanchara’s story highlights the importance of being well organised and united as a community in the face of a mining threat; of learning form other communities who have already been affected; and of building strong links with NGOs like YLNM members CIKOD Ghana, who can support resistance processes.
The film is part of a series by the New Media Advocacy Project. See more below.
Project Vision: Preventing Human Rights Abuses Related to Mining
The objective of this multi-‐year project is to build a multimedia toolkit that educates, empowers, and connects communities impacted by extractive industries. The toolkit aims to stop human rights abuses before they occur and to put communities in a strong position to protect their rights and fight for justice. The project uses videos to share stories and practical advice from communities already impacted by mining with communities where mining will soon occur. These stories will form the foundation of a video toolkit that provides communities with strategies and techniques for protecting their rights, and inspires them to action.
Cutting Edge Tools for Community Organizations
All videos will be published with a facilitator’s guide to help maximize the impact of video screenings and support communities in taking meaningful action. Videos will be distributed on DVDs, USBs, and online, along with links to relevant guides and further information on key topics and strategies covered in the videos. Key partners will also be provided with projection equipment and hands-‐on training to launch their grassroots distribution program.
Video Collection: Year 1
● The Impacts of Mining (Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe)
● Baseline Data and Environmental Monitoring (Nigeria)
● Community Mapping and Resistance to Mining (Ghana)
● Building a Resistance Movement (Peru, forthcoming)
● Negotiating for Environmental Protections (Bolivia, forthcoming)
● Resettlement and Relocation (Zimbabwe, forthcoming)
Iteration & Year 2
The second phase of our project emphasizes distribution, feedback, and iteration. We will hold special screenings with target audiences in Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other countries where mining poses an imminent threat. We are also seeking feedback from experts and practitioners on how to improve the content, and our distribution and implementation strategy.
If you’re interested in collaborating on the project, hosting a screening, or providing advice or feedback, please contact Jessie Landerman at Jessie@newmediaadvocacy.org.