Vrouwenkerksteeg 10, 2312 WS Leiden
Monday February 11th Movies That Matter on Tour Leiden will screen the documentary 'Welcome to Sodom' by Austrian directors Christian Krönes and Florian Wiegensamer. After the screening dr. Kofo Dorvlo, visiting scholar from Ghana, will reflect on the portrayed situation and explore avenues for positive change.
Agbogbloshie is a swampy area close to Accra, the capital of Ghana. It harbours one of the largest electronic waste dumps in the world, nicknamed 'Sodom and Gomorrah'. Here, thousands of children and adults work on disassembling flat screens, telephones and laptops in the open air, in an artificial and endless landscape of trash, while others extract copper by melting old cables over an open fire. Much of this e-waste is shipped from the West, but other continents contribute their share. The documentary places us right in the middle of the working community at Agbogbloshie. We get to know some of its inhabitants, and experience the energy of young people dreaming big dreams while ruining their health. This darkly sensuous documentary has the look and feel of a dance on a volcano.
Dr. Kofi Dorvlo is from Ghana, a linguist by profession but also interested in the culture of some peoples from Ghana. He is currently a visiting scholar at the African Studies Centre of Leiden University. He will address the history of Agbogbloshie, the part played by Ghanaian politics in the continuation of the situation in Agbogbloshie, and possible avenues for change.