Award-Winning Documentary On "Blood" Minerals Is Latest Release From Filmakers Library | Alexander Street

Award-Winning Documentary On "Blood" Minerals Is Latest Release From Filmakers Library

September 21, 2011

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 (ALEXANDRIA, VA) -- Filmakers Library, an imprint of Alexander Street Press, announces the addition of the documentary Blood in the Mobile: Mining in the Congo as the newest addition to its catalogue of titles.

This riveting documentary by Danish filmmaker, Frank Piasecki Poulsen, reveals the violent mineral trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its relation to the mobile phone industry.

Blood in the Mobile tracks Poulsen’s journey from the Congo, where he takes on the Congolese military and visits a militia-controlled slave mine that produces cassiterite, an oxide used in cell phones; to the headquarters of globally-recognized mobile phone company, Nokia, in pursuit of a meeting with the CEO.

“We all love our mobile phones” says Andrea Traubner, Director, Filmakers Library, “which is why this documentary is so relevant and important today. Poulsen creates awareness about what actually goes into this technology that many people take for granted. Anyone interested in social justice and political turmoil in Africa will find this film fascinating.”

Blood in the Mobile received the 2011 Cinema for Peace Award for Justice, and was nominated for the Students’ Choice award at the 2011 Amnesty International Movies That Matter festival.

Blood in the Mobile: Mining in the Congo is currently available for purchase on DVD. Starting in early October, this title will be available online in streaming video through Alexander Street’s Academic Video Online Store at, and as part of Alexander Street’s Filmakers Library Online collection.

A preview of this video can be found on the Alexander Street Press YouTube channel. For more information on Blood in the Mobile or to order the DVD, visit

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