Source: Screen Daily
Agbogbloshie is a wetland outside Accra, Ghana, and is a dumping site for the world’s unwanted electronics that really does look like hell on earth.
The 6,000 men, women, and children who live there – among the emaciated goats and grazing cattle – call it Sodom, after the Biblical town to which God laid waste with fire and brimstone.
Directors Florian Weigensamer and Christian Krönes roam between the never-endling blazes designed to burn out copper to the noise of constant hammering, flies, and lifting filth in a documentary which eschews easy categorization.
Arresting imagery set to a vibrant rap-based soundtrack and a poetically-tinged narrative, coupled with the catchy title, should help “Welcome To Sodom” navigate its way through international festivals.
Commercial exposure is always tentative for a project set in such an extreme zone of human deprivation, but the fact this documentary isn’t as depressing as it should be is to the filmmakers’ lasting credit.
That’s scant comfort to the resilience of the human spirit when it’s set in a place which is killing those humans faster than the proud Ghanians can scrape together enough copper wires to pay their way illegally to France and a better life.
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