Jozi Gold

Ohjelmisto julkaistaan heinäkuussa.

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2019 / South Africa / Norway / Sweden

Length: 74 min

Language: English, Afrikaans



Director: Sylvia Vollenhoven, Fredrik Gertten

Cinematography: Maanda Nwendamutswu

Editing: Stefan Sundlöf

Music: Gustav Wall

Sound Design: Martin Hennel

Production: Margarete Jangård, Anita R Larsen, Sylvia Vollenhoven, Fredrik Gertten

Back in the days Johannesburg, or Jozi, was built around gold mines and has then produced third of world's gold ever mined in human history. Since then the gold industry has dryed out, and deteriorated mines tell the city's environmental horror story. Billions of tons of solid waste are polluting the air from the mines' surface dumps, and tens of millions of litres poisonous water flow out from disused mine tunnels every day. Toxins are causing problems for local citisens. Environmental activist Mariette Liefferink has a mission to bring up the problems and force mining industry to take responsibility.


Mission isn't easy for Mariette and her partners, because there is general reluctance to address the problem. In addition with nightmarish environmental situation Jozi Gold presents an outlook to a political mentality in South Africa. Instead of the government becoming a regulator of mining industry, they became humble friends.


In the late 1980s when the best ore was mined out, gold industry collapsed along with Apartheid regime in the early 1990s. Even though legalized racial discrimination is theoretically abolished, the film makes you wonder at least about its heritage. A recent study estimated that up to 1.6-million people may be living dangerously close to mine waste dumps. Gold is an infinite riches, but when decision makers and mining industry avoid the responsibility, the final price is left for poorest of poor to pay.


The film had its World Premiere at the Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival in June 2019.

SINFF 2016