WELCOME TO SODOM
What happens to our laptops, televisions, and phones when we throw them away? Austrian filmmakers Christian Krones and Florian Weigensamer traveled to Ghana to find out.
Over 250,000 tons of electronic waste are shipped to Ghana each year to be recycled under almost apocalyptic conditions. Here, thousands of children and adults work on disassembling flat screens, telephones and laptops in the open air, in an artificial and endless landscape of trash, while others extract copper by melting old cables over an open fire.
‘Welcome to Sodom’ (which is the title of a rap song in the film) places us right in the middle of the location’s dark heart. But it is the voices of the workers that lead us around Sodom and choose the words – and the unexpected performative gestures – to describe a conditions that if infernal almost beyond description.
The film is an urgent call to action, urging viewers to consider: whose life is made more comfortable by technology? Is the internet as immaterial as we often think?