The Argument Of Christoffer Guldbrandsen's 'Stealing Africa'

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In this response, I will be talking about the argument of Christoffer Guldbrandsen in his documentary Stealing Africa. Christoffer Guldbrandsen’s intention of this film was to show the world of Zambia’s extinct copper mining tax return. He is informing us that Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, which owns Mopani Copper Mines, is cheating the government of Zambia and not supplying that country with the tax funds they rightfully deserve. Zambia is known to have the third largest copper reserve in the world, but somehow the citizens of Zambia live on less than one dollar a day and eighty percent of the people who live there are unemployed. Because of this Zambia is ranked among the twenty poorest countries worldwide. One of the statements from …show more content…
He accompanied Guy Scott, Vice President of Zambia, to the Mopani Copper Mines and interviewed Emmanuel Mutati, chairman of Mopani Mines. When Guldbrandsen asked him about the suspension of the plant and the air pollution the plant was fabricating, Mutati responded in an offensive way. He claimed he didn’t know why ZEMA, the Zambian Environmental Management Agency, took the action of suspension, so Mopani Mines challenged them. The plant was soon reopened, but now the issue of air pollution and acid contaminating Zambia’s drinking water was in full effect again. When Guldbrandsen asked Mutati if the plant’s regulations were meeting W.H.O.’s, the World Health Organization, guidelines, he went around the question and only mentioned that they were following ZEMA’s regulations and that is all that mattered. Guldbrandsen also tried to collect numeral evidence from the Head of Communications at Glencore, but he was denied of this information. The measurement of pollution was classified strictly between the company and the environmental …show more content…
This film was organized well and definitely showed evidence of Guldbrandsen’s argument. Whether it was interviewing the Vice President of Zambia, workers at Mopani, or government officials, he received enough data to justify his explanation on why Zambia is financially unstable. A minor flaw I noticed in the documentary was Guldbrandsen not being persistent enough with the people he wanted to interview but turned him down or didn’t respond to him at all. I feel like he should’ve sneakily found a way to record them and then include that evidence in this film. Besides that small weakness, I thought this documentary was exceedingly informative and the data he acquired was used effectively. Christoffer Guldbrandsen’s documentary Stealing Africa brought to light how unfair and deceitful multinational corporations can be. The film reveals how a majority of all multinational corporations care about only making themselves richer and making the poor even poorer; how multinational corporations take advantage of other country’s assets and unjustly claim the foreign valuable resources as their

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