A documentary about the illegal gold business in West Africa. What does it mean for the residents of a small town in Ghana to live on top of a huge gold deposit? As a young development worker, the director experienced a gold rush in a small town in Ghana. Some years later he returns to find out what the gold really means for the residents of this town. On his journey he meets old friends, arrives at places of destruction and learns about a dangerous magnetism between people and gold. In the small town a bloody conflict broke out between local police and gold miners. Who are profiteers and who are victims in this hunt for glittering stones?
JOHANNES PREUSS was born in 1983 in Berlin. After studying Political Science, History and Romance Studies, he participated in a trainee program of the German Development Service working at a community radio in Ghana. Since 2011, he has been active as an author and producer of films for development projects in Ghana, Nigeria and Mexico. He is currently studying Directing Television Journalism at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.photos © Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg