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Black Gold (Film, Socialist Review, May 2007) is about the desperate plight of Ethiopian coffee farmers and is a very powerful film. The directors, Nick and Mark Francis, were at the screening I attended to talk about the making of the film and to take questions.

The reviewer in Socialist Review thought the only solution offered was pushing for fair trade, but the reactions of the audience to the film showed that it opened people's eyes and raised a lot of questions.

The madness of the market was there for all to see, and the role of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank laid bare as they rob the continent of Africa. The directors did not pretend that fair trade was the solution - that was in our hands once we knew the facts.

I urge you to see Black Gold and to recommend it to everybody.

Hazel Sabey
West London