Director: Ivo Bystřičan
Movie was inspired by the book
Copper Age, a Czech documentary film by Ivo Bystrican, shows the influence of EU subsidies on Zambia and its
Instead of scenes illustrating the locals’ poverty and suffering, he tried to reveal the functioning of the European subsidies system and its interconnection with the institutions in Europe, for instance the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The film-makers were brought to Zambia by an offer of the Bankwatch international NGO that assesses the projects of the EIB, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
“I have been interested in privatisation and the interconnection
between the African and our economies for a long time. I originally
studied social politics and sociology and I have focused on issues of
the society’s economic functioning and the economic impact on people
since the first year at FAMU (Film Faculty of the Academy of Performing
Arts in Prague), says director.
After they arrived in Africa, they met people who were fired from the mines as well as their current employees.