Sub-Saharan Africa Broadcast Presents: AfriDocs Television at its Best

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AfriDocs presents two highly acclaimed documentaries, Blood in the Mobile and Gulabi Gang, as well as the hugely well-received short series – Congo in Four Acts over the next two weeks.

Congo is particularly in the spotlight this month with Blood in the Mobile as well as Congo in Four Acts screening on November 18th and showcasing some of the human rights issues seriously affecting the people of Congo.

With November 25th being the United Nation’s official International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, it is only fitting to screen this uplifting story of the Indian women of the Gulabi Gang.

These brave women have just recently been features in an Al Jazeera ad campaign, celebrating the achievements of ordinary people who are often overlooked by mainstream media. See their story here:


AfriDocs continues to present internationally celebrated films that  provoke meaningful discussion and debate – television at its best.

The films screen during AfriDiocs at 8pm (GMT + 2) on DStv channel 190 and GOtv channel 65 on the only weekly primetime documentary stream broadcast across sub-Saharan Africa.

November 18th: Blood in the Mobile; Frank Piasecki Poulsen, DRC, 2010,

You may never look at your cell phone in the same way again as this film sheds light on the dark side of our cell phones.

The Documentary Blood in the Mobile shows the connection between our phones and the civil war in the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen travels to DR Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes. He gets access to Congo’s largest tin-mine, which is being controlled by different armed groups, and where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones.

The fact is that no company can say for sure that they didn't buy conflict minerals from the Congo to produce your cell phone.

The film is also part of a larger on-line campaign to draw awareness to this issue and more information can be found here:

The film won the Cinema for Peace Justice Award in Berlin on February 14th 2011.


Screened with

Congo in Four Acts:

After the Mine; Kiripi Katembo Siku,  DRC. English, French with English subtitles

Kipushi is a mining town, one of thousands keeping Congo’s elite in extreme wealth. But for those who live in the shadow of its toxic fallout, it is a very different life.

Congo in Four Acts:

Symphony Kinshasa; Kiripi Katembo Siku, DRC, English, French w/ English subtitles

Take a hard-hitting tour through Congo’s capitol city and discover the consequences of graft, neglect and poverty.

Screened with

Congo in Four Acts:

Ladies in Waiting; Dieudo Hamadi & Divita wa Lusala, DRC, English, French w/ English subtitles

In a run-down maternity hospital, a ward of women who recently had their babies wait to be allowed to leave. The problem? They cannot pay their hospital fees.

For the full programme schedule and synopses of the films, please go to the website or the  Facebook page

Source: Press Release