Private Project

One gram of gold

This film is about gold — a global commodity shaping local livelihoods and landscapes across the world. It is about the people who risk their lives in the narrow underground mines and about their struggles for a better future. It is a participatory project that aims to move beyond an ethnocentric gaze on mining, giving voice to local perspectives and portraying the everyday as it is lived in Nyarugusu, a mining village in the northern part of Tanzania. Raphael Msya and Robert Mwenda, two miners from Nyarugusu, are the reporters, interviewing fellow miners and guiding us through the gold mining landscape - from the humid underground tunnels to the dusty processing sites. They not only show us the risks, challenges and uncertainty that are embedded in mining but also the hopes and dreams it invokes. Their stories highlight the ambiguity of a sector that is degrading landscapes and endangering lives, but at the same time crucial for providing a livelihood.

  • Anna Frohn Pedersen
  • Patric Jude Mkai
  • Robert Mwenda
  • Raphael Msuya
  • Anna Frohn Pedersen
  • Anna Frohn Pedersen
  • Raphael Msuya
    Key Cast
  • Robert Mwenda
    Key Cast
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    15 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2021
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    Tanzania, United Republic of
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • German Ethnographic Film Festival (GIEFF) 2022
  • The NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival 2022
Director Biography - Anna Frohn Pedersen, Patric Jude Mkai, Robert Mwenda, Raphael Msuya

Anna Frohn Pedersen is a postdoc in Multimodal Anthropology at Aarhus University. Her research explores the global-local entanglements within the artisanal and small-scale mining sector, and its implications for the development of sustainable livelihoods. The research is situated between anthropology and human geography and engages ethnographic, visual and participatory methodologies. Anna holds a PhD in Geography from Humboldt University, an MSc in Anthropology from University of Copenhagen, and an MA in Visual Anthropology from University of Manchester

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Director Statement

The film was created as part of a PhD project that ethnographically explores the entanglements of local livelihoods and global consumption in the gold mining sector of Tanzania. The idea behind the project was to give the microphone to the artisanal and small-scale miners of Tanzania who are rarely represented in global discussions on gold mining. It is important for me to contribute to the much needed agenda of decolonising academia, and I believe that participatory research is one way to do so, giving agency to the people and places we study.