Columbite Tantalite: a short film by Chiwetel Ejiofor 

Written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor in collaboration with The Guardian and the Young Vic Theatre, Columbite Tantalite is “a postcolonial parable about the west’s hunger for African mineral wealth, and about Congo’s struggle to come to terms with its past.”


Une flashmob pour le Congo

[please watch videohttp://www.flashmob-congo.com/

*we do have a government but I guess the video is saying its as if we don’t have one

Simple definition of conflict minerals: natural resources extracted in a conflict zone and sold to perpetuate the war/fighting. Conflict minerals are minerals mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses, and which are sold or traded by armed groups. This has for some years been a particular problem in the DRC. The DRC’s mineral wealth is enormous. It is estimated that the country contains between 65-80% of the world’s columbite-tantalite (coltan) reserves, 49% of its cobalt reserves, and 3% of its copper reserves. Gold and diamond deposits remain under explored. Industrial Diamond reserves are estimated at 25% of world reserves.

If you look at what they’re wearing they have different conflict minerals attached to them. Awareness needs to be raised about not just how Europe and U.S. let conflict minerals pass through but also how African countries like Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi rob us brutally (murdering Congolese people) and then how these conflict minerals get to Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and other countries. Those governments are aware that conflict minerals are being traded on their soil but they choose to look the other way because why stop when you’re making money? Also how Asian countries such as China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia (and other Arab nations), Korea, Japan and other Asian countries are accepting conflict minerals. and with China being the biggest receiving the most. And the fact that 6 million Congolese people have already died because of this doesn’t seem to deter some of these countries. 

These are the major uses of these conflict minerals but they’re also used for:

hearing aids and pacemakers, airbags, GPS, ignition systems and anti-lock braking systems in automobiles, video cameras and digital cameras. In its carbide form, tantalum possesses significant hardness and wear resistance properties. As a result, it is used in jet engine/turbine blades, drill bits, end mills and other tools. 

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I would appreciate it if non Congolese people would just like and reblog and not comment or try to speak for us. I only welcome commentary from Congolese people regarding this issue. 

“Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world and the 8th largest exporter, and has the 10th largest proven reserves. (The country joined OPEC in 1971). Petroleum plays a large role in the Nigerian economy, accounting for 40% of GDP and 80% of Government earnings… Nigeria also has a wide array of underexploited mineral resources which include natural gas, coal, bauxitetantalite, gold, tin, iron ore, limestoneniobium, lead and zinc. Despite huge deposits of these natural resources, the mining industry in Nigeria is still in its infancy.”


Columbite Tantalite (2013) short film written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor


Chiwetel talks about his film: “Without giving too much away, the story focuses on a character who has made a life out of coltan and his attempts to come to terms with his past. Interwoven with this is another strand, which focuses on a new computer game that’s being developed, a game so lifelike that it’s almost like stepping into another world. The young guy promoting the game has no sense at all of how he’s involved in the wider scheme. Indeed, the idea that he is connected to a conflict in a remote part of the world would seem absurd." 

Colour: dark brown or black metallic ore.

Found in:various locations worldwide.

A commercial term for lithium tantalate.

Tantalite promotes love, intensity, desire, passion and excitement. It builds energy, enthusiasm and a love of life. can be used to deflect and protect against negativity. Acts to preserve one from being victimized by the energy of another. Has been used as an energy deflector and is an excellent stone for those who may be exposed to excessive amounts of radiation. Provides an increase in physical endurance and emotional equilibrium.

Health: said to support the development of bones and teeth.Assists with cravings when giving up certain foods, or drink, or smoking.


Hall J (2013): Crystal Bible 3.


Photograph: taken from Mindat, copyright © no details given.

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Columbite Tantalite: a short film by Chiwetel Ejiofor