CIJ’s Investigative Film Week coming up next week

Posted on March 5, 2011

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By: Aarti Jitender

Centre For Investigative Journalism


The upcoming investigative film week is expected to hold a spotlight to the corrupt and dirty practices of aid organizations, the food industry and the corporate world. It’s also expected to highlight the thousands of previously unknown civilian deaths caused by the Iraq War.

The film festival, organized by the Centre for Investigative Journalism, will take place from 7-11 March and will showcase five investigative documentaries including Toxic Somalia, Shelter in Place, The Dark Side of Chocolate, The Micro Debt and Iraq’s Secret War Files. All the films will be followed by Q&A sessions with the documentary markers and others key players.

Toxic Somalia
Toxic Somalia, which will be making its UK premiere on Monday, centers on the idea that Somalia has become the dumping ground for the corporate world. According to the filmmaker, Paul Moreira, hundreds of Somalis are being poisoned and getting sick because of other peoples’ waste dumping activities. Companies, which would usually have to pay thousands of dollars to dump their trash back home, pay as little as $2.50 to dump tons of toxic waste off the coast of Somalia. Toxic Somalia looks at who’s behind this trend and follows the money to see who is making money by turning Somalia into its garbage dump. Moreira’s investigation leads him to Italy’s mafia underworld, Somali pirates and the nuclear waste industry.

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Time: Monday, 7 March at 6.30pm
Location: Oliver Thompson Theatre at City University London
Price: £5 full price; £4 concessions (Free for City University students)

Shelter in Place
While it’s well-known that the petro-chemical industry has helped make the American state of Texas one of the largest economies in the world, few know that it routinely emits millions of tons of toxic pollutants into the air each year. Shelter in Place focuses on the plight of the residents living in the shadows of Texas’ petro-chemical factories and how their lives have been tainted by them.


Time: Tuesday, 8 March at 6.30pm
Location: Oliver Thompson Theatre at City University London
Price: £5 full price; £4 concessions (Free for City University students)

The Dark Side of Chocolate
In The Dark Side of Chocolate Danish journalist Miki Mistrati investigates whether the chocolate we eat is produced by companies mixed in child labour, exploitation and trafficking of children in Africa. While companies like Nestlé and Mars promised to stop child labour in the cocoa sector by 2008, Mistrati’s investigation reveals children as young as seven continue to work illegally and under dangerous conditions in cocoa plantations.


Time: Thursday, 10 March at 6.30pm
Location: Oliver Thompson Theatre at City University London
Price: £5 full price; £4 concessions (Free for City University students)

The Micro Debt
The microfinance system has long been portrayed as the solution towards eradicating poverty. One of the system’s pillars, The Grameen Bank, and its founder Muhammad Yunus even won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize as a reflection of their contributions. The Micro Debt, which will make its UK premier on Friday, now looks at the darker corners of the world of microfinance. It casts a critical eye on the benefits the Grameen Bank’s claims to have brought to the developing world and makes startling revelations about the founder siphoning money to other Grameen companies.


Time: Friday, 11 March at 6.30pm
Location: Oliver Thompson Theatre at City University London
Price: £5 full price; £4 concessions (Free for City University students)

Iraq’s Secret War Files
Based on WikiLeaks’ release of secret military reports, Iraq’s Secret War Files investigates the previously unreported civilian deaths of the Iraqi conflict and its aftermath. It reveals the true scale of civilian casualties which have been largely unacknowledged by the US government and the continuing abuse of Iraqi prisoners.


Time: Saturday, 12 February at 5pm
Location: Oliver Thompson Theatre at City University London
Price: £5 full price; £4 concessions (Free for City University students)

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