Luwowo Coltan mine near Rubaya, North Kivu © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti
Supply Chain follows the lifecycle of minerals from their unearthing as raw ores in Central Africa to their crystallization inside cryptocurrency mines, investigating the history, violence, and ironies of mining culture along the way.
A documentary film on geology, technology and folklore.
A Film by Alex Tyson | Produced by Alex Tyson & Dr. Saleem H. Ali
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Alex Tyson is an American filmmaker and artist known for his films Mountain Fire Personnel (2015), Divieto 2 (2018) and his work on the Oscar nominated and Emmy winning documentary Gasland (2011, HBO) for which he won a Cinema Eye Honor. He has worked as a cinematographer in Brazil, China, Italy, The South Pacific, Scandinavia and extensively throughout the USA. His first documentary was awarded the Prix du Jury La Mobilière at Visions du Réel (2015) and screened at MoMA Documentary Fortnight (2016). He most recently contributed special photography to National Geographic's 2017 Emmy-winning documentary LA92. His film Divieto 2 will premiere at The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Art of The Real festival in 2018. Supply Chain will be his directorial debut for a feature film.
Dr. Saleem H. Ali is a leading academic focusing on sustainability and mineral extraction. He was recently named to the United Nations International Resource Panel, a select group of 38 scientists and practitioners worldwide chosen to advise the UN system on resource management issues. He is currently the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware and has held the Chair in Sustainable Resources Development at the University of Queensland, Australia. Ali was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011 and received an Emerging Explorer award from the National Geographic Society in 2010. He is the author of 3 books and over a hundred peer-reviewed publications. His research focuses on environmental conflicts in the extractive industries and how ecological cooperation can promote peace in international relations.