Bloodcoal

Thursday 17 January 6.30pm
Where: Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5AP
UK Premiere

The Netherlands 2010
Directors: Siebe Sietsma, Sander Rietveld
Language: Spanish with English subtitles, Hindi, Dutch, Afrikaans

The Netherlands is Europe’s largest importer of carboncoal for power stations.The coal is mainly imported from Colombia and South Africa where the world’s leading companies operate huge coal mines. 'Bloodcoal' examines the consequences of large scale coal mining and the involvement of Dutch energy companies.

In part one the film reveals the mines' effect on the hundreds of thousands people living in the mining region of Witbank, near the world famous Kruger wildlife park. These people experience severe health complaints caused by the coal dust from the mines. The mining also induces massive destruction of the environment. Poisonous dust pollutes the air while acid water destroys everything in its path. 
 
The second part of the film follows a Colombian human rights lawyer in his struggle against expulsion and terror. They discover a ruthless campaign against indigenous Colombians carried out by paramilitaries commissioned by the mines. Union leaders and villagers are being ki