- dir. NICK & MARC FRANCIS
- Year. 2006
- country. USA
- run-time. 78 mins
- rating. PG
BLACK GOLD: A charity film screening and Q&A with Nick Francis, Director and Producer of BLACK GOLD in support of Rhythms of Life, a charity supporting London's homeless.
– BLACK GOLD –
The film tells the story of how multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.
Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.
This film forces us, as western consumers, to question some of our basic assumptions about our consumer lifestyle and its interaction with the rest of the world.
For more information visit: https://blackgoldmovie.com/
– RHYTHMS OF LIFE –
All proceeds from this screening will go to Rhythms of Life, a London-based charity that provides nutritious meals, toiletries, clothing and sleeping bags to London’s homeless every night, 365 days a year. Rhythms also offers beneficiaries literacy, I.T. and life-skills classes as a firm believer that everyone deserves a second chance to rebuild their lives.
For more information visit: http://www.rhythmsoflife.org.uk/