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Keynote Speaker: Jamie Kneen, Mining Watch


The Shadow of Gold takes an unflinching look at how the world’s favourite heavy metal is extracted from the earth. The film explores both sides of the industry: the big-time mining companies that dig deep and lop off mountaintops to extract gold from low-grade ore, and the small-time miners—an estimated 20 million people in the world’s poorest nations—who extract gold by hand, often producing just enough to survive. We meet back-country guides and entrepreneurs in Montana with deep suspicions about a proposed gold mine that could destroy their pristine wilderness, indigenous people in British Columbia struggling to recover from a spill of toxic mine waste, a woman miner in the Congo who is determined to keep her gold from feeding the flames of war, a brotherhood of Chinese miners, sick with silicosis, fighting a state-owned gold mine for compensation, and an artisanal miner in Peru who knows that the mercury he uses to process gold is toxic and polluting, but feels he has no other option. And at the top of the supply chain—in London, Dubai, and Toronto—we show how conflict gold reaches unaware consumers and how gold-mining corporations are allowed to damage ecosystems with impunity. The film reveals that glittering gold has a dark shadow. In the end, The Shadow of Gold isn’t all about gold, or even its shadow. The film enters the lives and tells the moving stories of hard-working people who face danger just to go to work every day, in the hope of securing a better life for their families.


Denis Delestrac, Robert Lang, Sally Blake

Country of Origin





In English, Spanish, and Swahili with English subtitles

79 min

Book Tickets

Friday February 24

1:30 pm
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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Executive Producer

Robert Lang, Sally Blake, Jane Jankovic


Robert Lang, Sally Blake


Allen Booth, Denis Delestrac


Mark Caswell, Russell Gienapp, German Gutierrez, Léo Monnet, Luovic Simeon


Sarah Bachinski, James Blokland

Original Music

Eric Cadesky, Nick Dyer

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