Natural Resources & Mining

The most moving films on mining for metals, coal and sand, on forest clearing and people who oppose the destruction of their livelihoods.

Concerns about the scarcity of resources such as oil, are not new. Foreign dependence on oil and gas is a dominant theme in most developed governments, however, the advent of the Information Age has opened up new concerns over a great variety of resources. The exponential demand for electronic devices also increases the demand for an ever-wider range of metallic or non-metallic minerals and supplies. In addition to concerns over resource depletion, concerns have been growing over "resource nationalism“, a concept that describes the tendency of governments to assert control over natural resources in their territory and to push out global corporations.

The diverse and extensive impacts of natural resource extraction can be witnessed in the films below. 

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Manufactured Landscapes

Pictures often say more than words. The photographer Burtynskys takes this proverb to heart. "Manufactured Landscapes" makes us aware of the influences of the industrial revolution with impressive images.
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Sand Wars

Many people associate sand with beaches, sun and holidays, but sand is also a central raw material of the modern world. "Sand Wars" shows with impressive pictures the effects of sand mining and sustainable alternatives.
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Dirty Gold War

It sparkles and shines and we like to adorn ourselves with it, gold. "Dirty Gold War" takes a look behind the scenes of this industry and explains the effects on man and nature when mining this raw material.
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The Age of Aluminium

Due to its many possible uses and properties, aluminium has become an integral part of our everyday lives. The film shows the dark side of the extraction, processing and use of the "miracle metal".
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The Borneo Case

How a small international team in the tradition of Bruno Manser, using public pressure to overthrow a dictator and protect rainforest from overexploitation. Exciting like a thriller.
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Bé' Jam Bé

In Sarawak, one of the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, "those on the riverbank" are the first to be affected by deforestation. The Penan, nomadic hunters, are now at the centre of the cyclone: how can you survive when everything around you disintegrates, when the landscape disappears and takes your own language, culture and thoughts with you?

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Let's talk about sand: Denis Delestrac at TEDxBarcelona

Let's talk about sand: Denis Delestrac at TEDxBarcelona

Philippines mining shutdown - ALJAZEERA

Philippines mining shutdown - ALJAZEERA

Blowing Up Mountains: Destroying the Environment for Coal - VICE

Blowing Up Mountains: Destroying the Environment for Coal - VICE

Poisoned by the Gold Rush - VICE

Poisoned by the Gold Rush - VICE

India's Sand Mafia: The Dark Secrets of India's Booming Construction Industry

India's Sand Mafia: The Dark Secrets of India's Booming Construction Industry

Minas-Rio iron-ore mine in Brazil

Minas-Rio iron-ore mine in Brazil

South Africa World's Deepest Gold Mine Construction

South Africa World's Deepest Gold Mine Construction

The Limestone Conflict

The Limestone Conflict

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