Jozi Gold

Fredrik Gertten, Sylvia Vollenhoven, 74 min, South Africa, Sweden, Norway.

In light of the current development of COVID-19, Doc Lounge have chosen to make a few changes prior to the launch and distribution of Jozi Gold. 
Jozi Gold will be released both in cinemas and online on April 3rd. For continuous updates and more information about the online release, visit Jozi Gold's distribution page, which can be found here (in Swedish). 

Grandmother and environmental activist Mariette Liefferink is up against the richest mining corporations in Africa. The golden era has left 1,6 million people living on radioactive grounds, but she is on a mission to force the gold industry to clean up.

Jozi Gold exposes Johannesburg mines to not be so golden after all. It paints a grim environmental and political picture of South Africa’s abandoned mines which are in disarray, with toxicity levels that are harming communities. The documentary follows Mariette Liefferink, an advisory committee member of the South African Human Rights Commission, as she tries to pressure government and mining companies to confront and fix what they’re responsible for and continue to let occur – acid mine drainage, contamination of cattle and human health, radioactive land and not informing the public of these risks.

Her efforts reveal many mining companies’ indifference to the lives they’ve affected while contrasting with the ordinary South Africans who are desperately trying to make a difference- but as Mariette says, “The wheels of justice turn slow.”

Jozi Gold is distributed by Doc Lounge in Sweden and will have its release both in cinemas and online on April 3rd. More information can be found at the distribution page.  

Director Fredrik Gertten

Director Sylvia Vollenhoven