10.16.11 – Here are the first images from There is No Place For You Here, filmed over the summer in Ghana.
The documentary tells the story of Daniel Sekyere, 14, who works illegally as a small-scale gold miner to support himself. Despite the record-high price of gold, the Ahansonyewodea mining community in Obuasi, Ghana is ridden with poverty, and overshadowed by AngloGold Ashanti, a multibillion dollar corporation. Ahansonyewodea literally means “there is no place for you here.” Daniel dreams of becoming a pastor when he grows up, but for now, he must take life day by day, as he tries to find time for education in between long hours at the heart of Ghana’s gold industry.
The film was produced with 4 other students from Chapman University, in partnership with The Social Support Foundation, a Ghanaian NGO which focuses on issues of small-scale gold mining and child labor.