Blood in the Mobile

We all love our mobile phones. They connect us to our family and friends. But they also connect us with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Inside our mobile phones are illegally mined minerals, minerals that fuel conflict, create child slavery, and support other severe human rights abuses in the DR Congo. “Blood in the Mobile” is a project about one of the most dangerous places on earth, about human courage, and above all about hope and the search for solutions. The web campaign http://www.bloodinthemobile.org/ is the main point of contact for all of us who want to take action.

News

  • 06/2013 - "Blood in the Mobile" wins Amnesty International Award

    We are pleased to announce that our production “Blood in the Mobile” was awarded with the Marl’s Media Award 2013 [...]

    We are pleased to announce that our production "Blood in the Mobile" was awarded with the Marl's Media Award 2013 in the category "Best foreign documentary". The film by Frank Piasecki Poulsen reveals the relationship between mobile phones and the civil war in Congo and asks for the producer's and user's responsibility. The Marl's Media Award by the NGO Amnesty International honors productions that are dedicated to human rights in an extraordinary way. The documentary is available on DVD via good!movies and on the iTunes Store.

    Marl's Media Award
    "Blood in the Mobile" on DVD via good!movies
    "Blood in the Mobile" on iTunes


  • 05/2012 - "Blood in the Mobile" receives 'Herbert Quandt Media Award'

    After the ‘Cinema for Peace Award’ we are glad to announce the latest prize: “Blood in the Mobile” receives the [...]

    After the 'Cinema for Peace Award' we are glad to announce the latest prize: "Blood in the Mobile" receives the 'Herbert Quandt Media Award 2012' for its outstanding work in the field of business journalism. The Johanna Quandt Foundation will award the prize, that is endowed with 10.000€, to director Frank Poulsen on June 22nd in Bad Homburg, Germany. Congratulations!

    Johanna Quandt Foundation


  • 03/2012 - "Blood in the Mobile" wins 'Green Tenacity Award'

    The ‘Green Tenacity Award’ is given to a filmmaker showing great tenacity in exploring crucial environmental issues in their work. [...]

    The 'Green Tenacity Award' is given to a filmmaker showing great tenacity in exploring crucial environmental issues in their work. The Film Festival is San Francisco's leading event for film and media, exploring green issues and sustainable living. We congratulate the director Frank Piasecki Poulsen.

    San Francisco Green Film Festival



Blood in the Mobile

Phones are financing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We love our cell phones, and the available selection of different models has never been broader. But the production of mobile phones has a dark, bloody side. Most of minerals used in the production of cell phones come from mines in the eastern DR Congo. The western world buys these so-called “conflict minerals” and thereby finances a civil war that, according to human rights organisations, has been the bloodiest conflict since World War II. During the last 15 years, the conflict has cost the lives of more than 5 million people and 300,000 women have been raped. The war will continue as long as armed groups can finance their warfare by selling minerals.
If you ask the phone companies where their suppliers get their minerals from, none of them can guarantee that they aren’t buying conflict minerals from the Congo. 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 controlled by different armed groups. Children work there for days on end in narrow mine tunnels digging out the minerals that end up in our phones.
After visiting the mine, Frank Poulsen struggles to get to talk to Nokia, the world’s largest mobile-phone supplier. Frank Poulsen wants them to guarantee that they are not buying conflict minerals and thereby financing the war in the Congo. Nokia is unable give him that guarantee.
“Blood in the Mobile” is a project about our responsibility for the conflict in the Congo – and the question of corporate social responsibility.

Right from the start “Blood in the Mobile” was designed as a crossmedia campagne to involve the audience before and while shooting. The web campaign http://www.bloodinthemobile.org/ is the main point of contact. In the director’s video diary the audience can trace the filmic process and comment on issues and recent developments and issues. The connected Facebook page, which has already 10.000 supports, creates a platform for active participation for anyone who is interested. From stating one’s solidarity with a simple “Like”, supporting the project financially within the crowdfunding initative, up to founding support groups as an expression of one’s protest of ongoing violations of human rights in the Congo: There are many ways of possible commitment presented.

Director: Frank Piasecki Poulsen
Cinematographer: Adam Wallensten, Lars Skree, Frank Piasecki Poulsen
Soundmix / composer: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Stills: Mark Craemer
Graphics: Rasmus Cold
Colorgrade: Mikkel Aude
Producer: Ole Tornbjerg
Producer assistant: Kamilla Bruus
Co-producer, Germany: Christian Beetz
Executive producers: Anahita Nazemi, Jens Ulrik Pedersen
Production, Congo: Sekombi, Emmanuel Katya
Production assistant: Mark Mansfeld
Production manager, Denmark: Christina Pihl, Pia Nielskov
Production manager, Germany: Kathrin Isberner
Postproduction: Thomas Schougaard
Postproduction assistant: Casper Kjær
Editor: Morten Højbjerg, Mikael K. Ebbesen
Translation: Tolkegruppen
Dramaturgic consultant: Jens Arentzen
Communications consultant: Mikkel Skov Petersen

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Kooperation

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    Tuschinski 3 cinema, IDFA - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    18 November 2010 at 10:00 pm

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    Tuschinski 3 cinema, IDFA - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    22 November 2010 at 1:00 pm

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    Tuschinski 1 cinema, IDFA - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    23 November 2010 at 7:30 pm

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    Munt 11 cinema, IDFA - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    25 November 2010 at 11:45 am

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    Tuschinski 1 cinema, IDFA - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    26 November 2010 at 10:30 am

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    Munt 09 cinema, IDFA - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    27 November 2010 at 10:30 am

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    WDR
    29 November 2010 at 10:00 pm

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    arte
    09 February 2011 at 9:40 pm

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    arte
    13 February 2011 at 3:10 am

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    WDR. Planet Schule
    21 February 2011 at 7:20 am

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    WDR. Planet Schule
    28 February 2011 at 7:20 am

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    Dvorana 5 / ZagrebDox - Croatia
    01 March 2011 at 8:00 pm

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    Dvorana 1 / ZagrebDox - Croatia
    03 March 2011 at 3:00 pm

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    Big Ragtag / True/False Film Festival - Colombia, USA
    03 March 2011 at 5:30 pm

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    Dvorana 2 / ZagrebDox - Croatia
    04 March 2011 at 8:00 pm

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    Windsor Cinema / True/False Film Festival - Colombia, USA
    05 March 2011 at 1:00 pm

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    Theater aan het Spui 1 / Amnesty International Movies that Matter - Den Haag, Netherlands
    26 March 2011 at 3:00 pm

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    Filmhuis den Haag 1 / Amnesty International Movies that Matter - Den Haag, Netherlands
    29 March 2011 at 9:15 pm

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    City's, IKSV Film Festival - Istanbul, Turkey
    17 April 2011 at 7:00 pm

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    Bloor Cinema, Hot Docs - Toronto, Canada
    04 May 2011 at 6:30 pm

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    Cumberland 2, Hot Docs - Toronto, Canada
    06 May 2011 at 4:30 pm

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    European Parliament, One World - Brussels, Belgium
    25 May 2011 at 12:30 pm

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    Screen 1, Open City Doc Festival - London, United Kingdom
    18 June 2011 at 4:20 pm

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    EinsFestival
    21 June 2011 at 4:30 pm

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    EinsFestival
    22 June 2011 at 6:15 am

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    EinsFestival
    22 June 2011 at 11:15 am

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    Kino Central, Cinema for Peace Special Screening - Berlin, Germany
    04 July 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Kino Abaton, Cinema for Peace Special Screening - Hamburg, Germany
    11 July 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge Film Festival - Cambridge, Great Britain
    20 September 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Rich Mix - London, Great Britain
    22 September 2011 at 8:00 pm

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    Filmhouse, Take One Action Film Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland
    23 September 2011 at 3:30 pm

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    Film Theatre, Take One Action Filmfestival - Glasgow, Scotland
    23 September 2011 at 6:00 pm

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    Filmhouse, Take One Action Film Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland
    24 September 2011 at 8:20 pm

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    Phoenix
    28 September 2011 at 9:00 pm

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    Lichtblick - Berlin, Germany
    29 September 2011 at 5:30 pm

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    Lichtblick - Berlin, Germany
    04 October 2011 at 6:00 pm

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    Cinema - Münster, Germany
    27 October 2011 at 7:00 pm

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    Evangelical and Reformed Church of the Canton Schaffhausen - Löhningen, Switzerland
    12 November 2011 at 10:00 am

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    SWR
    18 January 2012 at 7:30 am

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    Int. Human Rights Film Festival - Paris
    10 March 2012 at 4:00 pm

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    Int. Human Rights Film Festival - Paris
    11 March 2012 at 6:00 pm

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    Int. Human Rights Film Festival - Paris
    13 March 2012 at 8:30 pm

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    arte
    11 April 2012 at 12:30 am

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    ORF
    26 November 2012 at 8:15 pm

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    ORF
    27 November 2012 at 12:45 am

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    Globale City 46 - Bremen, Germany
    07 May 2013 at 8:00 pm

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    Arte
    17 August 2013 at 9:45 am

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    RBB
    15 October 2013 at 6:20 am

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    WDR
    04 December 2013 at 7:50 am

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    WDR
    11 December 2013 at 7:50 am

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    Globale - Leipzig
    05 September 2014 at 8:00 pm

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    EinsFestival
    09 October 2014 at 3:00 pm

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    EinsFestival
    10 October 2014 at 4:45 am

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    EinsFestival
    10 October 2014 at 9:00 am

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    RBB
    16 September 2015 at 7:30 am

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    Hessischer Rundfunk
    03 May 2017 at 10:50 am