VR-PROGRAMME WATER & COLTAN
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WATER & COLTAN
Daniel Kötter | Germany, Democratic Republic of Congo 2021 | 52 Min. | OmeU
Haunting images of abandoned mines in the Ruhr area create a feeling of unease. Exploitation and pollution dig deep into the earth and remain visible in the region’s waterways, rivers and docks. It rushes, trickles and flows – the narratives blur and overlap.Only the people are gone. In contrast, work is in full swing at the coltan mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The everyday life of the mine is narrated by the women, whose experiences are inscribed in their bodies. Here, too, the water flows. Knee-deep, it makes its way from the interior of the mountain into the expanse of the landscape.
WATER & COLTAN, a virtual reality 360°film, enables an immersive experience of the consequences of global resource extraction. An engaging experience.
Based on a joint research project by filmmaker Daniel Kötter and social worker Yasmine Bisimwa, lawyer Olande Byamungu and engineer Christian Muhigwa, and weaving in Homer’s myth of Tantalus, the 360° VR documentary connects two local sides of the same violent global phenomenon: extractivism of natural and human resources and its long-term consequences for the environment and society.
Water & Coltanis one piece of the five-part performance seriesLandscapes & Bodies, in which artists and philosophers in different places around the world reflect on the ruthless exploitation of the earth and humanity itself.
Directors: Daniel Kötter (he/his) in collaboration with Yasmine Bisimwa (she/her), Olande Byamungu (she/her), Christian Muhigwa (he/his)
Camera: Daniel Kötter
Editing: Daniel Kötter
Sound Design: Marcin Lenarczyk (he/his)
Sound Recording: Eckehard Güther (he/his), Frederic Kitoko (he/his), Daniel Kötter
Production:Daniel Kötter, Andrea Oberfeld (she/her); ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro mit Leoni Grützmacher (she/her)
SIMA • Social Impact Media Award. United States (2022): Special Mention XR + INTERACTIVE
IDFA Int’l Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands (2021).
FIPADOC, International Documentary Festival, France (2022)
Daniel Kötter (Germany, 1975) documentary filmmaker and theater director. His research based works alternate between different media and institutional contexts. He regularly worked on the African continent and the Middle East. His major works include the film series “state-theatre: Lagos, Tehran, Berlin, Detroit, Beirut, Mönchengladbach” (2009-14), the art and film project Chinafrika (2013-19) and the award winning film trilogy “Hashti Tehran”, “Desert View” and “Rift Finfinnee” (2017-20).