PAS D'OR POUR KALSAKA (NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA)
With his film PAS D’OR POUR KALSAKA, documentary filmmaker Michel K. Zongo tells the tale of a modern-day, neo-colonial Western, involving a gold rush in Burkina Faso. The story unfolds in the village of Kalsaka, 160 kilometres north of the capital, Ouagadougou. In 2006, the Burkinabe state signed a contract granting a British mining company the right to mine 18 tonnes of gold over a ten-year period through a subsidiary called ‘Kalsaka Mining SA’. The inhabitants of the region, who live primarily from agriculture, received compensation to surrender their land. In 2013, the mine closed. What was left were unfulfilled promises and a social and ecological disaster.
PAS D'OR POUR KALSAKA (NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA) Direction: Michael K. Zongo, DCP, OF m. dt. UT, 80 min min