No Gold for Kalsaka

(Pas d'or pour Kalsaka)

Burkina Faso has succumbed to gold fever. Foreign companies promise investments and prosperity in exchange for mining permits, but the village of Kalsaka already knows how brutal waking up from golden dreams can be.

All that remains of the gold-bearing mountain above Kalsaka, once the site of a traditional holy place, is a ragged crater emitting toxins that threaten drinking water. The gold is gone and the villagers, who worked for foreign miners for 5 years, have lost their livelihood. They could return to what supported them from time immemorial – working the land – if only there were any uncontaminated soil left. Meeting this situation, filmmaker Michel K. Zongo allows the villagers to tell of where their trust in the false promises of foreigners and their own politicians alike has led them. This retrospective narrative, combining elements of local folklore with the stylisation of westerns, fluidly links the past with the dismal present-day, when the golden gateway to the future has collapsed.

Czech premiere

About the film

Director: Michel K. Zongo
Burkina Faso, Germany
2019 | 80 min.

Language: French

Subtitles: English

Category

UnEarthed

Director

Michel K. Zongo

Filmography
2019 - No Gold for Kalsaka
2015 - La sirène de Faso Fani

Michel K.  Zongo

Screenings

07. 03. 21:00 Municipal Library – Small Hall
DiscussionJosef Kandert, specialist in African studies, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague
Tickets
14. 03. 20:30 Kino 35
DiscussionFlorian Schewe, producer
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