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Author: Marc FrancisNick FrancisChristopher HirdHugh WilliamsAndreas KapsalisAll authors
Publisher: [London] : Speak-It Films ; San Francisco, CA : Distributed by California Newsreel, 2006.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ethiopia is the largest producer of coffee in Africa. Over 15 million people in Ethiopia depend on coffee for their survival and it provides 67% of Ethiopia's export revenue. Tadesse Meskela manages Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union, representing over 74,000 coffee farmers. The supply of coffee on the world market used to be regulated by the International Coffee Agreement, until its collapse in 1989. Since  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
History
Named Person: Tadesse Meskela; Tadesse Meskela
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Francis; Nick Francis; Christopher Hird; Hugh Williams; Andreas Kapsalis; Speak-it Films.; Fulcrum Productions.; California Newsreel (Firm); Oxfam America.
OCLC Number: 73504426
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Credits: Edited by Hugh Williams ; musical score by Andreas Kapsalis.
Awards: Winner, 2007 British Independent Film Award--Best Achievement in Production; Official Selection, 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, New York.
Description: 1 videodisc (77 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Contents: 01. Coffee tasting --
02. Meeting Tadesse --
03. Tadesse visits his farmers --
04. New York Commodity Exchange --
05. Tadesse goes home --
06. The Italian barista --
07. Coffee auction house --
08. Illy coffee company --
09. Coffee bean sorting centre --
10. World Barista Championship --
11. Tadesse's office --
12. Ethiopian coffee ceremony --
13. Coffee farmer ; Burte Arba --
14. Burte's son goes to school --
15. Seattle's coffee house tour --
16. Therapeutic feeding centre --
17. Tadesse goes to London --
18. Tadesse visits supermarket --
19. Burte Arba growing chat --
20. Tadesse visits chat market --
21. World Trade Organization --
22. Food aid delivery --
23. Tadesse visits coffee trade show --
24. Tadesse returns to his farmers --
25. Food aid in Djibouti --
26. End credits.
Other Titles: Black gold :
Responsibility: California Newsreel presents ; Speak-it Films in association with Fulcrum Productions ; filmed, directed, and produced by Marc Francis & Nick Francis ; executive producer, Christopher Hird.

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Ethiopia is the largest producer of coffee in Africa. Over 15 million people in Ethiopia depend on coffee for their survival and it provides 67% of Ethiopia's export revenue. Tadesse Meskela manages Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union, representing over 74,000 coffee farmers. The supply of coffee on the world market used to be regulated by the International Coffee Agreement, until its collapse in 1989. Since then, the price paid to farmers has fallen to a 30 year low. For every $3 cup of coffee, a coffee farmer receives only 3 cents. Most of the money goes to the middlemen, especially the four giant conglomerates which control the coffee market. This film traces the path of the coffee consumed each day to the farmers who produce the beans, and asks consumers to 'wake up and smell the coffee', to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced, and to do something about it.

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With the collapse of the International Coffee Agreement in 1989, Ethiopian coffee farmers’ revenues have fallen to a 30 year low. <i>Black Gold</i> exhaustively examines the plight of Ethiopian coffee farmers. Without timely information, representation, or unified power against the four multinationals...
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