Coming Soon: Plateau
HD digital film, colour with sound
Two channel and Single channel
Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
Commissioned by Fondazione In Between Art Film, Italy (For the project “A Foreign Language”, curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, Alessandro Rabottini and Paola Ugolini)
Director: Karimah Ashadu
Location manager: Karimah Ashadu
Editor: Karimah Ashadu
Camera: Aigberadion Israel Ikhazuangbe
Location sound recordist: Anthony Monday
Co-producers – Golddust by Ashadu
“Plateau” profiles a small group of undocumented tin-miners in Nigeria’s Jos-Plateau state and explores the socio-economic implications of their activities. Before Nigeria’s independence Plateau State was central to the mining of minerals such as tin and columbite. Tin deposits were discovered in Jos-Plateau and the British colonial regime at the time enabled foreign companies to exploit the area. In the late 70’s and 80’s, many of these companies made their workers redundant.
Having gained the skills and knowledge of mining, these workers formed a small rebel community and began digging the land for mineral deposits, passing their skills on to future generations.
But without adequate machinery, this rudimentary and unmonitored mineral extraction poses grave challenges to present-day miners and inhabitants of Jos-Plateau state, as well as the town’s ecosystem.
Nigeria gained independence in the 1960s’, and the discovery of crude oil not long before this, saw the abandonment of industries such as mining. “Plateau” questions notions of independence and the detrimental impact of forgotten industries.
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