Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00 pm
Join BloomBars for the heroic tale of one man’s fight for fair prices for Ethiopian coffee growers…
Black Gold (2006, 78 min), by Marc Francis and Nick Francis – Fifteen million Ethiopians make a living related to coffee, which accounts for 67 percent of the country’s foreign exports. Yet as profits soar for coffee sales, the farmers producing the beans continue to receive minimal payments, anywhere from 12 to 25 cents for every kilo picked.
Businessman Tadesse Meskela tries to help raise the impoverished standard of living by negotiating, on behalf of 70,000 farmers, with coffee roasters willing to pay a fairer price for their labor.
The screening will be followed by audience discussion and Q&A.
*Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds support BloomBars. Free organic popcorn.
BloomScreen Indie Film Night – is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts and other guests.
Directions: The location is 7 minutes walking distance from the Columbia Heights METRO Station, and a couple of local parking garages – Target and Giant.