Hot Docs Report: Black Gold REVIEW

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So the first question you have to ask yourself before you decide to go and see a film about the devastating effects of the global coffee industry upon agriculture in Africa is – Do you even like coffee? Because if you don’t this film is probably only going to add to your already insufferably high level of smugness. Of course, it will do that without really giving you enough information to back this up, but it will do so in a beautiful fashion.

Just wait until the Francis brothers turn their attentions to the tea trade. Then you’re in trouble.

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LarryApril 15, 2007 7:17 AM


AliciaMay 23, 2007 1:04 AM

For those of you who are interested in the issue of Fair trade, there is a powerful documentary out called “Black Gold,” that documents the lives and struggles of Ethiopian coffee farmers and clearly demonstrates why all of us should be asking for Fair Trade coffee. “Black Gold” was recently released in the theater but is now available to the public on DVD via California Newsreel. You can read more about the documentary or pick up a copy of it here at

I was wondering if it was at all possible to announce to your members that this film is now available to the general public. It is a great way to introduce new people to the issue of fair trade or to show at community organizing/activist meetings. The more we can reach consumers, the more likely we are to make a difference.