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Screening of the award-winning film “When Elephant Fights”
January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
When Elephants Fight is an award-winning documentary film that
spotlights how the complicity of multinational corporations and corrupt politicians
threatens human rights globally and perpetuates the deadliest conflict since World War II
in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Narrated and Executive Produced by Actor and Activist Robin Wright (House of Cards,
Forrest Gump, The Princess and the Bride), this film guides the viewer through a history of
exploitation of central Africa’s resources and the struggle for peace and dignity. The film
explores what Joseph Conrad called the Heart of Darkness, illustrating the brutality of
foreign and domestic spoilers in their quests for power and wealth amidst regional
instability sparked by colonialism and entrenched since the Rwandan Genocide.
When Elephants Fight shares an unprecedented glimpse into the central African minerals
trade worth trillions in USD. Viewers witness the illicit trafficking of minerals that feeds the
global thirst for mobile devices and military technology. The film illustrates the billion-dollar
mining concession deals bankrupting the Congolese state and undercutting the people of
desperately-needed revenue for reforms in security, education, and health. Recent
revelations from the Panama Papers demonstrate that shady business benefitting
corporate and political elite is not limited to Congo
Congo has lost 5.4 million people as a result of conflict since the late 1990s. Civilians
continue to bear the brunt of unspeakable atrocities including mass killings and brutal
sexual violence. When Elephants Fight highlights Congolese perseverance in the face of
inhumanity by peace leaders and everyday individuals frustrated with the unstable status
quo while struggling to provide for their families.
When Elephants Fight holds all accountable in our often unwitting role in the exploitation
of those involved in sourcing and manufacturing. Further, it inspires action in the global
human rights movement for transparency in the trade of raw materials