1. System Failure


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    System Failure. Un cortometraje de Edu Glez. El vertiginoso avance tecnológico, basado principalmente en la producción de aparatos electrónicos y eléctricos mediante el uso de materiales como el plomo, estaño, cadmio, cobre, antimonio, cobalto, oro, mercurio, niquel, zinc, bario y cromo, los cuales al ser desechados indiscriminadamente se convierten en materiales altamente tóxicos para los seres humanos, las plantas y los animales.

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    • A Day in The Life: Scrap Metal Men |TRAILER


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      www.inthelife.tv A Day in the Life: Scrap Metal Men is the first major documentary production by Alex Wondergem and Adu Lalouschek. Both filmmakers are of mixed Ghanaian heritage and Alex has spent the majority of his life living in Accra, Ghana. They met whilst studying for their respective B.A’s in Film & Television at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London). Alex and Adu have worked together on various film projects, as well as starting up their own production company called Gold Storm Productions. A Day in the Life: Scrap Metal Men is a twelve-and-a-half minute documentary set in Agbogbloshie, a suburb of Accra. This location is the site of the world’s largest e-waste dump, and we as an audience navigate this landscape by following the daily life of two scrap metal men, Chief and Life Owner. As we watch both men navigate their daily rituals of trading and selling metal through the terrain of the city; which alternates between the red-brown dust of the ground and the congested traffic of the roads. This documentary hopes to shed light on narratives that are often obscured and allows the subjects to be visible in way that has not been seen or done before. Adu and Alex also had help from the NAFTI film school based in Accra, which furthered the Ghanaian inclusivity of the project; something which is often overlooked by many Western filmmakers. The trailer is a first in the series of day in the life adventures that will continue to document individual and communal narratives in West Africa. This is an important step forward in broadening the narratives that we see in filmmaking, especially when it comes to Africa, a continent that is often misrepresented. It will also invite the audience into a larger conversation about issues that not only reside in West Africa but permeate around the world, and within our own lives. The connection the filmmakers have made by showing these individual narratives will unite many in a shared conversation and visual experience that extends beyond the documentary itself. For more information on the full documentary and how you can help to be a part of upcoming projects, please contact: info.inthelife@gmail.com

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      • The Electronic Afterlife


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        One man's cross-Atlantic journey reveals the truth about electronics recycling. To donate or sell electronics go here --> gizmogul.com/DONATE Directed by: Alex Gorosh - @Gogogorosh Produced by: Stephen Schneider Written by: Alex Gorosh + Stephen Schneider Original Score by: Vibe Mountain - http://tinyurl.com/mke799p Additional Music by: Gramatik - http://www.gramatik.net Audio Mix: William McGuigan Special Thanks: Kwame Owusu, Isaac 'Kochoko' Mensah, Ben Williams, Marisa Rico, Max Joseph, Kevin McElvaney, Pretty Lights Music A portion of every transaction will benefit the children of Agbogbloshie. Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/feb/27/agbogbloshie-worlds-largest-e-waste-dump-in-pictures http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/14/ghana-dump-electronic-waste-not-good-place-live http://makeitfair.org/en/the-facts/reports/reports/what-a-waste http://www.basel.int/Portals/4/Basel%20Convention/docs/eWaste/E-wasteAssessmentGhana.pdf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agbogbloshie

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          ALL THAT IS SOLID (2014) HD 15'26" This is a film that takes place. In between a hard place, a hard drive, and an imaginary, a soft space – the cloud that holds my data. And in the soft grey matter, Contained within the head. SYNOPSIS: As technological progress pushes forward in the overdeveloped world, enormous piles of obsolete computers are thrown away and recycled. Pushed out of sight and sent to the coast of West Africa these computers end up in waste grounds such as Agbogbloshie in Accra, Ghana. On arrival the e-waste is recuperated by young men, who break and burn the plastic casings in order to extract the precious metals contained within. Eventually the metals are sold, melted and reformed into new objects to be sold – it is a strange system of recycling, a kind of reverse neocolonial mining, whereby the African is searching for mineral resources in the materials of Europe. Through showing these heavy processes, the video highlights the importance of dispelling the capitalist myth of the immateriality of new technology to reveal the mineral weight with which the Cloud is grounded to its earthly origins. EXTRACTS OF TEXT BY ALEXANDRE QUOI FOR SALON DE MONTROUGE 2014: In 2013, Louis Henderson, a fanatic traveller, spent a month filming in Ghana, a former British colony in West Africa previously called the “Gold Coast”. He came back with videos of galamsey gold-mining and, near Accra, of Agbogbloshie - the world’s greatest waste site for illegally exported obsolete computers from the West. There, young men put their health at risk by burning the IT equipment to extract the precious metals contained in the processors. In other words “a strange system of recycling, a sort of reverse post-colonial mining whereby the African is searching for metals in the materials of Europe”, comments Louis Henderson who is intent on “demonstrating how important it is to do away with the capitalist myth claiming the immateriality of computer technology”. All That is Solid, specifically made for the Salon de Montrouge, draws its title from a passage of Marx and Engels’ Manifesto of the Communist Party (1884) thus underlining the “materialist conception of history” as a tool to understand social and historical reality. The dispositif of the video operates as a mise en abyme exposing the artist’s computer desktop-cum-editing-table where the film is being edited before us. Layer after layer of video clips, emails, notes, photographs - taken off Google Image and other Internet pages, are selected; the files and windows are assembled while a text narrates the progression guiding the spectator through the stratified data to finally produce a story. Henderson’s auto-analysis offers an unusual method of dissecting the actual production of the film, as well as being a critical commentary of the computer technology it requires that nowadays determines our perception of the world.

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          • Makers & Development Course – A Creative Way to Present a MAP/Mobile Phone Project


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            Diana and Vlad, students enrolled in the M&D class that I currently teach at l'Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture, have a creative way to present their MAP + Mobile Phone Project! I let you discover the low fidelity prototype..

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            • trashy bags


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              Trashy Bags is a social enterprise that creates durable, useful bags out of recycled water sachets to prevent challenges associated with plastic waste and to empower women in Accra, Ghana. This process of upcycling helps to create jobs, less waste, and greater opportunities for the city of Accra, a city home to the largest e-waste dump in the world, Agbogbloshie. Visit www.reweave.org to learn more!

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              • e-wasteland - Trailer


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                Film website - www.e-wastelandfilm.com Where do our electronics go at the end of their life? Every year, almost 50 million tonnes of e-waste (electronic waste) are generated worldwide. A large volume of second-hand and condemned electronic goods arrive in developing countries from the “developed” world, with a significant volume arriving as e-waste, exported illegally as “second hand goods”. This film presents a visual portrait of unregulated e-waste recycling in Ghana, West Africa, where electronics are not seen for what they once were, but rather for what they have become.

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                • e-wasteland


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                  Where do our electronics go at the end of their life? Every year, almost 50 million tonnes of e-waste (electronic waste) are generated worldwide. A large volume of second-hand and condemned electronic goods arrive in developing countries from the “developed” world, with a significant quantity arriving as e-waste, exported illegally as “second hand goods”. This film presents a visual portrait of unregulated e-waste recycling in Ghana, West Africa, where electronics are not seen for what they once were, but rather for what they have become.

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                  • Behind the Screen - Das Leben meines Computers (Trailer)


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                    Der Dokumentarfilm BEHIND THE SCREEN – Das Leben meines Computers blickt auf die globalen Auswirkungen, die von trivialen Handlungen – wie dem Kauf eines Computers – ausgehen. Dabei wird auf die Stationen des Kreislaufs eingegangen, die ein Computer von Rohstoffabbau, über Fertigung und Gebrauch, bis zur Endablagerung durchläuft. Regie: Stefan Baumgartner Kamera/Schnitt: Simon Fraissler Produktionsleitung: Sandra Heberling www.behindthescreen.com www.fuzioncollective.com Festival List / Awards: 41st Sehsüchte International Student Filmfestival 2012, Germany: Focus Sustainability Award 26th Leeds International Film Festival - LIFF 2012, Leeds, U.K.: Cinema Versa Section Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards 2012, Cannes, France: Golden Dolphin, Category: Environment & Ecology 4th SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival 2012, San Vito Lo Capo, Italy: 2nd Prize, Documentary Section Deauville Green Awards 2013, Deauville, France: Gold Award, Documentary Film; Sustainable Production & Consumption 10th Hong Kong Social Movement Film Festival 2012, Hong Kong, China 9th Globians Doc Fest Berlin 2013, Berlin, Germany: Digital Culture Section New Taipei City Film Festival 2013, New Taipei City, Taiwan: World in Change Section IMTF - International Movie Trailer Festival: Best Student Award

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                    • Scrap Boys


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                      In the capital city of Ghana, Accra, there is one of the world's largest electronic waste dumps: Agbogbloshie. After a series of violent tribal conflicts in Northern Ghana, many people sought refuge in Accra. The 80,000 people that now call this area home, live and work in an expansive slum on this dumping site. They "cannibalize" or break down the e-waste sent over from Europe and the United States in search of the item's precious metals. Once found, these metals are then melted down and sold. The profit for individual workers - both old and young, very young, is small, but it comes with a multitude of health problems. This is the story of Scrap Boys. a film by Mary Ellen Skawinski Taylor Patrick Michelle DoCampo Official Selection for the Black Hills Film Festival 2012

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