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JHR Film Premiere

24 July 2008 at 01:03 | 599 views

Dear Friends,

Please join Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) on August 12th for the Toronto premiere of the film When Silence is Golden. This feature-length documentary was produced and directed by JHR Co-Founder Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque.

Viewers will get an insider’s look at the effects of Canadian mining activities in Africa, brought to you by JHR Productions.

Following the screening, director Alexandra Sicotte-Lévesque will be joined by a Mining Watch Canada representative, and other experts to discuss the realities on the ground.

WHAT: Silence is Golden: Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Canadian mining activities in Africa.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 12, 2008. Doors Open at 7 pm

WHERE: Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto (2 Sussex Avenue)

TICKETS: Pay-what-you-can; recommended donation of $10 at the door.

MORE INFORMATION: At www.jhr.ca or contact Andrew Clark at andrew@jhr.ca.

All proceeds from the film will go to JHR’s operations in Central and West Africa. For more info on JHR, please see www.jhr.ca.


When Silence is Golden is a documentary film that follows director and JHR Co-Founder Alexandra Sicotte-Lévesque on her quest to lift the silence on the gold mining activities of a Canadian mining company around the small town of Dumasi in Western Ghana. Through her journey, we meet the inhabitants of this town who, despite efforts by the government to silence them, cannot hide their anger, and are eager to express their grievances.

The film travels between Canada and Ghana, and questions to what extent Canadian trade and aid policies are coherent with Canada’s proclaimed commitment to promoting democratic governance and human rights in Africa—what are Canada and Ghana’s responsibilities towards communities affected by Canadian mining interests?

When Silence is Golden is an extraordinary film brought us by JHR Productions. Powerfully raw production mixed with astonishing content, this film has been screened across Canada, as well as in the United States and France.


Ben Peterson

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)

Tel: 416-413-0240

Fax: 416-413-1832

PLEASE NOTE: JHR’s Head Office has moved. Our new address is:

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)

147 Spadina Avenue, Suite 206

Toronto, ON

M5V 2L7

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