The critically acclaimed Austrian documentary explores Agbogbloshie ‘Sodom’, outside Accra, Ghana, the largest electronic waste dump in the world. Over 250,000 tons of discarded computers, smartphones and other devices from a faraway electrified and digitalised world end up here every year – illegally.
Cleverly interwoven, the destinies of the various protagonists unravel the complex story of this apocalyptic society. Their very personal inner voices allow a deep insight into life and work at this place – and of Sodom itself. Life on the dump becomes a picture puzzle of our modern globalized civilization, short-lived technology becomes the metaphor for a capitalistic luxury, throw-away society. The seemingly apocalyptic setting is, for those who live there, a place full of perspective. There is no sign of that “end of days“ feeling, quite the opposite in fact. In hope of a better future they have converted the landfill into a bustling place full of life and „get up and go“. Everybody here in Sodom is in some way or another living off the blessings of the computer age, many die of them. The film portrays people whose existence and everyday life is not only formed by modern technology but threatened by it too. This is the place where the curse of the digital consumer madness becomes manifest. Sodom is the true end of our modern digitalized world. And it will most probably be the final destination of the tablet, the smart phone, the computer you buy tomorrow.
Austria, 2018, 90 min, directed by Florian Weigensamer and Christian Kröne