You might remember David Fedele from the featured interview in Issue 3 of Gorilla Film Magazine. He’s the passionate documentary guerilla filmmaker responsible for PNG style (awarded Best Documentary at the Portobello Film Festival 2010) and Bikpela Bagarap, a film that explores illegal Logging in Papua New guinea. David’s a nice chap, refreshingly down to earth and eager to make a positive change in the world. He fell into filmmaking accidently (PNG style was originally just a way to document his trip and combat loneliness) but has since used it effectively as a tool to tell the human side of current events. His lack of experience as a professional filmmaker turned out to be a positive thing, as his work has an incredibly natural and honest feel, setting him a world apart from sensationalist and manipulative “documentaries” (such as the famous Kony video).
David Fedele’s latest film is e-wasteland, a visual portrait of unregulated e-waste (electronic waste) recycling in Ghana, West Africa, where electronics are not seen for what they once were, but rather for what they have become.
Here’s some information (copy and pasted) from the official site: In developing countries, the demand for second-hand electronic equipment is growing, due to increasing connection to the “global world”, and an inability to afford brand new products. Every year, around 200,000 tonnes of second-hand and condemned electrical goods arrive in Ghana, West Africa, mainly received from the “developed” world. Many of the electronics are nearing the end of their life when they arrive, and will soon be discarded as e-waste. A significant volume of electronics actually arrive as e-waste, exported illegally as second hand goods.
e-wasteland is set entirely at Agbogbloshie slum in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Agbogbloshie is home to between 30,000 – 40,000 settlers, mainly from the poorer Northern regions of Ghana. It is also the largest e-waste dump site in Africa. Generally uneducated and with few employable skills, many of the settlers at Agbogbloshie are forced to make a small living salvaging and recycling e-waste.