Amnesty chapter to showcase film about cell phones and war

Amnesty International is showing a documentary this week about cell phones and war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A documentary that draws a connection between cell phones and war in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be showcased by the local chapter of Amnesty International this week.

Called Blood In The Mobile, the film will be shown Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the Okanagan College campus theatre.

The documentary points out how minerals used to produce cell phones comes from the eastern part of the Congo, and how the sale of the minerals finances the war.

According to human rights organizations, this war is now the bloodiest since the Second World War. Over the past 15 years, more than five million people have lost their lives and 300,000 women have been raped.

The film addresses the issue of conflict minerals by examining illegal cassiterite mining.

Danish director Frank Poulsen traveled to the Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes.

He was given access to the country’s largest tin mine, where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones.

The film also reveals Poulsen’s struggles to talk with officials for Nokia, the world’s largest phone company, to seek a guarantee the company will not buy Congo conflict minerals.

Admission is by donation.

For more information, call 250-769-4740.