WOMEN HOLD UP IN THE SKY: STORIES OF AFRICAN WOMEN'S RESISTANCE AGAINST EXTRACTIVES / No Good Comes From The Mine
Art and protest from the Arctic North to the Global South
Through the eyes and experiences of women impacted by coal, oil and mega-infrastructure projects in South Africa, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, WOMEN HOLD UP IN THE SKY: STORIES OF AFRICAN WOMEN'S RESISTANCE AGAINST EXTRACTIVES explores stories of resistance and communities engaged in active struggle to take back control of their land, their rights, their bodies and their lives.
In South Africa, the women of adjacent communities, Somkhele and Fuleni, fight against the encroachments of a coal mine. The mine uses vast water resources to wash coal in preparation for export whilst women walk up to 25 kilometres to access drinking water. “Can you see the dust we drink? … What are we supposed to do? Imagine what our insides must be like? No good comes from the mine,” says Khiphile Msweli of Somkhele KwaZulu-Natal. In Uganda, land grabbings and forced removal of thousands of people to make way for oil exploration has left communities in despair yet determined to rise up to defend their land and livelihoods. The Democratic Republic of Congo’s US$80 billion Inga hydropower mega-dam project has already displaced many. The Grand Inga, the world’s largest hydropower scheme, promises a power grid across Africa that will fuel the continent’s industrial economic development vision all at the expense of poor communities.
The women’s stories in South, Central and East Africa represent the experiences of many thousands of communities across the African continent whose land, livelihoods, health and futures are threatened and violated by large mining companies and their allies in governments who benefit from extractives industries.
WOMEN HOLD UP IN THE SKY: STORIES OF AFRICAN WOMEN'S RESISTANCE AGAINST EXTRACTIVES explores the day-to-day realities of women directly affected by these projects, how they are mobilising their communities to resist and protest against the injustice and violence inherent to the extractivist logic and dreaming together for a better and different way of life.
This film was developed by WoMin (www.womin.org.za), an ecofeminist African alliance that supports local struggles and movements across the continent to expose the impacts of extractivism on African women and advance women-centred, community-driven and climate-just development alternatives.
Filmmaker and one of the activists will be present for introduction, conversation and Q&A.