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Africa in Reel Time: Dying for Gold


Dying for Gold
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Dying for Gold

April 18
1:30 – 4 pm

For over 120 years, hundreds of thousands of black men from countries throughout southern Africa have left their families to mine for gold in South Africa. Today, these mining communities face severe poverty and the world’s greatest epidemic of silicosis and tuberculosis caused by exposure to the silica dust in the mines. The juxtaposition of present-day goldmining stories with an archival voice in Dying for Gold (99 min., 2018) by Catherine Meyburgh and Richard Pakleppa reveals the true cost of South Africa’s wealth.
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