Why poverty? - Stealing Africa

Christoffer Guldbrandsen, Denmark, 2012

58 min.DK/Documentary

Exposing the truth behind why, despite almost unlimited natural wealth, Africa remains locked
in poverty. Investigating allegations of widespread criminality amongst outwardly respectable Fortune
500 and FTSE listed multinationals, "Stealing Africa" shows how, in the pursuit of profit,
powerful corporations are actively working against the interests of the world''s poorest and
most vulnerable people. Nowhere is this illustrated more clearly than in Zambia. This Country sits on Africa''s largest reserves of copper yet the majority here live on less than a dollar a day.
The government struggles to provide even basic healthcare or education, but for more than 20 years, enormous mining conglomerates have paid as little as 0.6% tax on the billions they have made from Zambia''s resources. Following local investigative journalists, the film uncovers illicit flows of capital and complex tax evasion schemes designed to defraud the Zambian government out of hundreds of
millions of dollars every year.
Basic information Credits
Original title Stealing Africa
Danish title Tyveriet af Afrika
Other titles Hvorfor fattigdom? - Tyveriet af Afrika
Keywords Multinational companies, Glencore, Trade, Corruption, Tax fraud, Zambia, 2000-2009, 2010-2019
Director Christoffer Guldbrandsen
Screenplay Christoffer Guldbrandsen, Niels Borchert Holm
Producer Henrik Veileborg
Director of Photography Lars Skree, Sebastian Winterø
Editor Bodil Kjærhauge
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Danish,English,French,Tysk
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, DR TV
International sales DR International Sales
TV release 25.11.2012, DR, Alle 8 film vises 25. nov-2. dec.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company
Executive Producer Guldbrandsen Film
Co-production Steps International
With support from DR TV, Danida, Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, DR TV


Direction Christoffer Guldbrandsen


Script Christoffer Guldbrandsen
Script Niels Borchert Holm


Producer Henrik Veileborg
Production manager Stine Meldgaard Madsen
Production manager Sidsel Lønvig Siersted


Cinematography Lars Skree
Cinematography Sebastian Winterø


Stills Lars Skree


Editing Bodil Kjærhauge

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