Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and Impact Hub DC are proud to present a screening of When Elephants Fight with #StandWithCongo.
About the film
When Elephants Fight is an award-winning documentary film that spotlights how the complicity of multinational corporations and corrupt politicians threatens human rights globally and perpetuates the deadliest conflict since World War II in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Narrated and Executive Produced by Actor and Activist Robin Wright, this film guides the viewer through a history of exploitation of central Africa’s resources and the struggle for peace and dignity. The film explores what Joseph Conrad called the Heart of Darkness, illustrating the brutality of foreign and domestic spoilers in their quests for power and wealth amidst regional instability sparked by colonialism and entrenched since the Rwandan Genocide.
When Elephants Fight shares an unprecedented glimpse into the central African minerals trade worth trillions in USD. Viewers witness the illicit trafficking of minerals that feeds the global thirst for mobile devices and military technology. The film illustrates the billion-dollar mining concession deals bankrupting the Congolese state and undercutting the people of desperately-needed revenue for reforms in security, education, and health. Recent revelations from the Panama Papers demonstrate that shady business benefitting corporate and political elite is not limited to Congo Congo has lost 5.4 million people as a result of conflict since the late 1990s. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of unspeakable atrocities including mass killings and brutal sexual violence. When Elephants Fight highlights Congolese perseverance in the face of inhumanity by peace leaders and everyday individuals frustrated with the unstable status quo while struggling to provide for their families.
When Elephants Fight holds all accountable in our often unwitting role in the exploitation of those involved in sourcing and manufacturing.
About Stand With Congo
Stand With Congo is a campaign that organizes activist communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States, Canada, and Europe to lead the push for transparency in the extractive industries to ensure all such dealings in Congo meet international standards.
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